MO - Supreme Court Says No Time Limits in MO Sodomy Cases
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Tuesday, Dec. 21
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David Clohessy 566 9790
Barbara Dorris 862 7688
Child Molesters From Years Ago Can Be Prosecuted, MO Supreme Court Says
Sexual Abuse Victims Applaud New Decision
"Missouri Kids Will Be Safer," SNAP Says
The Missouri Supreme Court decided today to not hear an appeal by an allegedly abusive priest facing criminal molestation charges stemming from the 1970s. The decision opens the door to perhaps dozens of cases against child molesters.
"We applaud the high court's wisdom in keeping kids safer," said David Clohessy of SNAP. "."
The case involved a St. Lous priest, Father Thomas Graham. He molested a local boy in the 1970s, but defense lawyers have claimed the victim came forward too late to press charges. St. Louis city prosecutors, however, point out that until 1979, Missouri had no statute of limitations on sodomy, so despite the passage of years, Graham could indeed be pursued criminally.
"Every parent and child in Missouri owes an enormous debt to this very determined and courageous young man who for years has struggled to protect kids from Father Graham," said Clohessy."Against all odds, his perseverence has paid off for Missouri families."
"Now more than ever, others who have been molested should contact law enforcement, so that innocent youngsters can be spared lifetimes of suffering," he said.
Graham is represented by St. Louis attorneys Art Margolis and Chet Goeke.
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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.