NY- Preschool worker’s restrictions lowered, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Friday, September 19, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
A New York preschool worker, who is under investigation for sexual crimes against children, has had his restrictions eased. We are concerned about this move.
Malthe Thomsen, originally from Denmark, was an intern at an NY preschool when he was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing multiple children. Thomsen later admitted the abuse. Child molesters rarely abuse once and we are worried that now that Thomsen has less restrictions it will be easier for him to hurt more innocent children.
The reason for why his restrictions on movement and bail have been eased has not been made clear, but children are safest when predators are heavily restricted and kept away.
We hope police, prosecutors, and the community will remain vigilant.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have 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)
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