ON- Former principal pleads guilty to child pornography
Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 SNAPdorris@gmail.com
A former Niagara Falls principal and priest at a Catholic high school has been convicted of possession of child pornography. After pleading guilty, Rheal LeBlanc was sentenced to 14 days in jail to be carried out on the weekends.
This punishment is unfit for this heinous crime. Child pornography is often an indication of larger, more threatening issues. A full investigation into his history must take place in order to insure that LeBlanc is not a threat to children.
We urge officials at Saint Paul High School, Holy Cross Fathers, and Notre Dame College School to reach out to alumni and members asking for anyone to come forward with information regarding inappropriate actions by LeBlanc. We hope that others will report what they know to the police in order to prevent this man from getting away with a minor punishment for a major crime.
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.
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