OH - Victims believe there’s more to the story of convicted priest
- Victims believe there’s more to the story of convicted priest
- SNAP: Church officials knew for years that clergyman was troubled
- Group wants the Columbus prosecutor to take a new look at the case
- It begs other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to “come forward, get help”
Holding signs and childhood photos, clergy sex abuse victims and supporters deliver a letter to a Columbus prosecutor asking him to take a closer look in light of new revelations - at the case of a recently convicted predator priest. They will also hand out
--a recent communication from a priest/whistleblower who says that high ranking church officials had earlier warnings about the predator, and
-- a list of the priest’s assignments (showing that he normally lives at a Galion monastery, not at a Columbus hotel, as he claimed).
The group will also urge any other victims, witnesses or whistleblowers who know of or suspect crimes and cover ups in any denomination - to contact law enforcement immediately.
Tuesday, Oct. 2nd at 11-am
Outside the Franklin County prosecutors’ office, 373 South High Street in Columbus
Two or three clergy sex abuse victims and supporters who belong to a nationwide a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( http://www.snapnetwork.org/)
Last week, Fr. Nicholas Hughes (Patrick N. Hughes) pleaded guilty to one count of attempted rape and was sentenced to six years in prison. While the arrest and conviction was accomplished in record time, SNAP is concerned that Hughes deliberately sped up the process to prevent a more complete investigation of his activities. SNAP is asking the Franklin County District Attorney to help us contact the appropriate authorities to reopen or open further investigations in light of this new information.
The group suspects that the Greek Church officials have additional information on Hughes that needs to be made public. Following Hughes’ conviction, SNAP received a communication from a whistleblower. It was a letter from a Greek priest to the Chancellor of the Metropolis of Pittsburgh, citing previous reports of inappropriate actions by Hughes. This week, SNAP has also uncovered additional postings on the internet by this priest indicating that there were problems with Hughes years earlier.
Also, SNAP is troubled by media reports that Hughes listed a temporary address at a Columbus hotel as his residence, and did not mention the monastery in Galion, which he founded and where he was the superior until September 21st. His assignment as the dean of Annunciation was a temporary assignment. We are afraid that further evidence of criminal activity may have been missed because this permanent address was overlooked.
Finally, SNAP is urging anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered Hughes’ crimes or misdeeds to step forward, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect others and start healing.
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.
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.