NC--Victims applaud new ruling in pedophile priest case
For immediate release: Tuesday, July 7
We’re grateful a new court ruling will let a pedophile priest case move forward and we beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by the cleric or cover ups by his church superiors to step forward.
We also applaud the brave victim who is bringing the case against Fr. Edgar Sepulveda and the Raleigh Catholic diocese. It takes real courage to confront those who committed and concealed heinous child sex crimes, especially when they’re part of a powerful institution.
This judge’s decision is part of a long-standing, gradual but crucial trend in US courts toward letting more and more victims of horrific childhood sexual violence seek justice, prevent crimes and expose wrongdoers. We applaud this judge for giving Fr. Sepulveda’s victim a chance to shine a light on abuse and cover ups in court.
Raleigh Bishop Michael Burbridge should stop hiding behind his desk, his lawyers and his public relations team. He should go to each place where Fr. Sepulveda worked, begging anyone who may have knowledge of or suspicions about clergy sex crimes or cover ups to call police and prosecutors immediately.
NOTE – Fr. Sepulveda worked in these North Carolina towns: Newton Grove, Mt. Olive, Beulaville, Magnolia and Pink Hill. He also spent some time in Shallotte.
( For another troubling Raleigh area predator priest case that’s gotten virtually no attention:
(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)
NC Appeals Court allows priest sex abuse lawsuit to proceed
Published 1:32 PM EDT Jul 07, 2015, WXII12.com
RALEIGH, N.C. —A three-judge panel has ruled that a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh over an allegation of child sexual abuse by a priest can move forward.
The case involves allegations that the Rev. Edgar Sepulveda of Santa Teresa Mission in Beulaville engaged in sex acts with a 16-year-old boy. Sepulveda was criminally charged in 2010, but Brunswick County prosecutors later . . .
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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