NM - SNAP applauds sentencing for sex abuse case in NM
We are grateful that the Catholic employee, Anthony Martinez, was given the maximum sentence for his crimes against these two boys in Albuquerque. Children are always safer when predators are behind bars.
According to court documents, Martinez lied when he asked if he had ever committed similar sex crimes. Similarly, he has faced at least one more charge that we are aware of. It is clear that Martinez has a troubling history of sexual abuse and while we hope that no other children have suffered his crimes, we suspect that there are more victims.
We urge Archbishop Michael Sheehan to use all of vast resources to seek out and find others who may have been hurt by Martinez. We urge the same for officials at Santa Maria de la Paz Church in Albuquerque, where Martinez was last volunteering. Anyone who may have information about Martinez should immediately come forward to secular authorities, and help find more victims and deter future abuse.
Read the story here...
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.
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.