OH - Sentencing Set for Cincinnati Priest
For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
For Further Information Contact:
Christy Miller: Co-Leader of Greater Cincinnati SNAP Chapter (513) 383-2198
Dan Frondorf: Co-Leader of Greater Cincinnati SNAP Chapter (513) 706-7403
Kathy Davis: Coordinator of Greater Dayton SNAP Chapter (937) 271-7923
Sentencing of Thomas Kuhn Wednesday July 21, 2004 2:00 p.m.
SNAP Urges Archdiocese of Cincinnati to expedite Kuhn's permanent dismissal from the priesthood
Thomas Kuhn is scheduled to be sentenced on 11 misdemeanor charges (including one count of public indecency for masturbating in front of a minor) on Wednesday July 21, 2004 at 2:00 p.m.
Several survivors and victims' advocates have written letters to Judge Mary Katherine Huffman of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas requesting that she follows the prosecutor's recommendation that the maximum sentence and fine be imposed and that Kuhn will be barred from any further contact with minors. Please see the attached letter from a leader of SNAP.
SNAP has also sent a letter to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati urging that the Archbishop expedites the permanent dismissal of Thomas Kuhn from the priesthood. SNAP also is requesting that the Archdiocese takes every precaution to prevent Thomas Kuhn from holding any position either within or outside of the Church that would allow him access to children.
It is SNAP's hope that all of these combined actions will help to ensure the safety of all children from further abuse by Thomas Kuhn. No matter what sentence Kuhn receives, he will soon be free; therefore, SNAP encourages any victim or anyone with any knowledge of abuse to please come forward to the authorities. This will aid in the effort to keep perpetrators away from children.
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.