NY--Syracuse bishop must do outreach in child porn case

NY--Syracuse bishop must do outreach in child porn case

For immediate release: Monday, May 2, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, davidgclohessy@gmail.com)

Today, a Syracuse man will likely plead guilty in a child pornography case. Regardless of what happens in court, however, Syracuse Bishop Robert Cunningham has a moral and civic duty to aggressively seek out others who may have suspicions or knowledge of his crimes and beg them to call law enforcement.

Jason Kopp of Liverpool, along with an aide at All Saints elementary school and day care center, helped created child sexual images. The FBI found naked photos of an All Saints child in a school bathroom at the school, according to Syracuse.com. Kopp’s alleged co-conspirator in these crimes was Emily Oberst, who was an aide at the school.

http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/05/liverpool_man_expected_to_plead_guilty_in_child_sexual_exploitation_case.html

For the safety of kids and the healing of victims, we hope Kopp gets a long as possible. And we hope that Syracuse Catholic officials, especially Bishop Cunningham, will spread this news and use church bulletins, pulpit announcements, and church websites to aggressively seek out others who he may have hurt. We believe that’s their moral and civic duty.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/2002_06_04_Ross_Recor

Bishop Cunningham has a troubling track record in abuse and cover up cases:

http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/04/photos_of_1_naked_child_found_in_all_saints_elementary_school_child_porn_case_so.html

No matter what courts or church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches or institutions to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.

(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, davidgclohessy@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,bblaine@snapnetwork.org)

 

Liverpool man expected to plead guilty in child sexual exploitation case

By John O'Brien | jobrien@syracuse.com on May 02, 2016

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A Liverpool man is scheduled to plead guilty this morning to accusations that he and an elementary school aide sexually exploited three children to make child pornography.

Jason Kopp, 40, is on U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby's calendar for an 11 a.m.change of plea, an indication that he will plead guilty.

Kopp and Emily Oberst, 23, of Syracuse, were indicted last month on charges of . . . 

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