Newark Predator Priest Arrested, SNAP Responds
Fr. Michael Fugee, a Catholic priest of the Newark Archdiocese, has been arrested. He admitted molesting a child, recanted, was tried and convicted. His conviction was overturned on a technicality, and he and his church supervisors promised prosecutors that he would not be around kids. Then, weeks ago, the Newark Star Ledger disclosed that this agreement had been repeatedly and flagrantly violated.
Arresting Fr. Fugee is a 'no brainer.' The real issue: will Archbishop Myers be arrested too? We hope so. He's just as guilty of violating the prosecutor's deal as Fr. Fugee. We are grateful that Fr. Fugee will, finally, be kept away from kids, even if it's just for a few hours.
But Archbishop Myers has violated the prosecutor's agreement too. We urge law enforcement to pursue him too. If kids are to be truly safe, law enforcement must go after those who conceal and enable child sex crimes, not just those who commit child sex crimes.
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.