MO- Priest abuse trial starts
For immediate release: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com
Priest abuse trial starts
St. Louis cleric is accused in Colorado
He allegedly repeatedly molested boy
And he reportedly took child to get nipplies pierced
Prosecutors say priest gave booze, pot and cigarettes too
A criminal trial has begun against a St. Louis priest who allegedly molested a Colorado boy.
The accused is Fr. Robert Charles Manning, who reportedly sexually assaulted the child and named the victim “as a beneficiary of his bank account - and began providing him with expensive gifts, including jewelry, watches and a $3,000 used car,” according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Manning now lives in St. Louis. He worked in St. Louis archdiocese, at parishes in Bridgeton, Glencoe and Imperial.
Manning apparently was sent to Colorado, an unusual move for an archdiocesan priest, around 2007.
A photo of Manning, along with links to two dozen media reports about him, is at BishopAccountability.org
The Colorado Springs diocese is headed by a St. Louis native, Bishop Michael Sheridan.
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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