NH- Predator priest resurfaces at PA school; SNAP responds
A predatory New Hampshire priest has just been found working in a Philadelphia area school, despite the fact that Catholic officials have paid a settlement to at least one of his victims and promised he’d never be around kids again.
Fr. Michael Ledoux was accused of sexual abuse in the late 1980s while he was working in Derry, NH. Up until July, he was the dean of Widener University. Catholic officials, however, quietly let him resign when news of the settlement surfaced recently in Philly.
According to reports, the Franciscans first learned of Ledoux’ sexual abuse in September 2002, but allegedly did not tell the Manchester Diocese about it. Catholic officials then let Ledoux move to Philly and gain more access to children.
This irresponsible behavior helps potentially dangerous criminals to avoid justice and hurt others. We hope that anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered Ledoux’s crimes – whether in Pennsylvania or New Hampshire – will speak up. And we hope those who wrongly assume that Catholic officials have reformed understand that the practice of secretly moving child molesting clerics continues even now.
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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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