- Closing arguments tomorrow in pedophile priest trial
- Victims of sex abuse by priests discuss details of the case
Holding signs and childhood photos victims of sex abuse by priests will discuss the case which is scheduled to hold closing arguments on Wednesday in a civil child sex abuse and cover up trial involving a Catholic priest who is accused of abusing children in other states before coming to work in Las Vegas.
Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 10 am talk to survivors (outside on sidewalk)
CLOSING ARGUMENTS AT 10:30 a.m. (Courtroom 16B Judge Vega)
On sidewalk in front of Clark County courthouse (10 am) and then (Hearing in) Courtroom 16B (10:30 am) of the Clark County courthouse, 200 Lewis Avenue, (corner of Lewis and 3rd) in Las Vegas
Two-three clergy sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, will be available for comment, including a Wisconsin man who knows several victims of the predator priest in that state.
Last week, a civil trial began in Las Vegas charging that Catholic officials here knew that Fr. John Patrick Feeney was a child molester but let him work among unsuspecting parishioners where he abused again. Closing arguments are expected to begin around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The case originated with a lawsuit filed in 2008 by John Doe 119 who reports that he was sexually assaulted as a 13 year old boy by Fr. Feeney when he was a student at St. Francis de Sales parish in Las Vegas. The suit which charges the Green Bay Catholic Diocese with fraud and negligence also names the Bishop of Las Vegas, the Diocese of Reno-Las Vegas and Feeney as defendants.
Feeney worked in 18 parishes in 30 years in Nevada and Wisconsin. In 2004, he was convicted on child sex abuse charges and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He served 8 years and was released in November 2011. Catholic officials removed him from ministry in 1986 and then defrocked him in August 2005.
Earlier this year, a Wisconsin jury found that the Green Bay Diocese committed fraud and awarded two brothers who were sexually assaulted by Feeney $700,000.
The alleged victim is represented by Minnesota attorney Jeff Anderson 612 817 8655 cell, 651 227 9990 office, firstname.lastname@example.org) .
A photo of Feeney is available at BishopAccountability.org
The case is being tried in front of Judge Vega. The victim is identified only as John Doe 119.
John Pilmaier 414.336.8575, Esther Miller 562-673-9442, Barbara Blaine 312 399 4747