NY- Priest charged with child porn misses court, SNAP responds

NY- Priest charged with child porn misses court, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 08, 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 priest, who was scheduled for a plea deal today in his child pornography case, did not appear before the judge. We hope this case does not have any delays and if the priest gets a plea deal that it is harsh and protects innocent children. 

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/07/catholic_priest_doesnt_show_up_in_court_as_judge_adjourns_child_porn_case.html

Fr. Robert Ours, who is currently living in Syracuse, was arrested in May for child porn charges. We hope whether this goes to trial or there is a plea deal is his superiors in the Syracuse Catholic diocese aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered Fr. Ours' crimes and urge them to contact police and prosecutors immediately. 

Additionally, Bishop Robert Cunningham should visit every parish Fr. Ours worked and beg witness, whistleblowers, and victims to come forward and report to secular officials. And we hope anyone who was hurt by Fr. Ours will stop suffering in silence and self-blame, get help and start healing. 

(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) 

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

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