NJ--Victims want arrested cleric put in treatment center
For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016
A New Jersey Catholic cleric has been charged with having and watching child porn. We hope that
--anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes will call law enforcement immediately,
--students and staff at St. Joseph's High School in Metuchen – along with Metuchen Bishop Paul Bootkoski - will aggressively see out other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers, and
--the cleric’s supervisors will put him in a remote, secure, independent treatment center so he’ll get therapy and be kept away from kids.
Br. John B. Spalding is accused of endangering the welfare of a child and possession and viewing of pornographic material, primarily child pornography. He’ll soon return to Rhode Island, where he’s from. That’s wrong. Hiss Catholic supervisors should insist he live far away in a professionally run facility so kids will be safer. Why let him live among unsuspecting families and vulnerable children?
We urge Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin to object to this move and warn his flock about Br. Spalding. And we hope that anyone who has knowledge or suspicions about Br. Spalding or other abusive clerics – in New Jersey or Rhode Island – will summon the strength to call police and prosecutors so that the innocent can be protected and the wounded can be healed and more clergy sex crimes and cover ups can be stopped
(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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, email@example.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Mark Crawford, SNAP New Jersey Director (732-632-7687, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brother who taught at Catholic high school allegedly had child porn
By Sue Epstein | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, February 18, 2016
NEW BRUNSWICK — A brother who taught at St. Joseph's High School in Metuchen surrendered Thursday morning on charges he possessed and viewed child pornography on his computer.
John B. Spalding, 74, surrendered to Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas in New Brunswick on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and possession and viewing of pornographic material, primarily child pornography.
Spalding's attorney, William Fetky of New Brunswick, entered . . .
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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