MO-- Convicted sex offender wants to resume dentistry; Victims respond
For immediate release: Saturday, April 16, 2016
We applaud authorities who are trying to stop a dentist convicted of child sex crimes from resuming his practice in an office that serves children. The physical safety of kids trumps the job preferences of adults, especially those who prey on the vulnerable and plead guilty to serious crimes.
A professional license and practice are privileges, not rights. Anthony “Tony” Rizzuti and his father, who wants to hire him, know this and should accept it.
His claim of having perpetrated no “hands-on” crime is offensive, disingenuous and self-serving. If I shoot at you, I should be punished, regardless of whether I hit you or miss.
If I drive a school bus drunk, I forfeit my privilege to drive buses, whether kids are injured or not.
It’s deceitful for the dentist to claim he’s being denied the ability to earn a living. He just can’t work around kids. He’s obviously smart and has other job options.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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