Ontario priest will serve no additional time for probation violation; SNAP responds
We’re disappointed that Fr. Castillo is not facing more severe consequences for his serious wrongdoing.
Even if the prosecutor’s right and Fr. Castillo didn’t intend to be around kids, he could have walked away. He knows the rules and restrictions. And he chose to ignore them. In fact, he violated the most important rule of all for child molesters: he chose to be around kids.
For that, we believe he should have been hit with the toughest penalty possible.
And we call on every single current and former Catholic church official or member who saw, suspected or suffered Castillo s crimes to speak up, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect others and start healing. We strongly suspect that he could – and should – be prosecuted for other sex crimes. And we suspect that aggressive outreach might uncover church employees who might be prosecuted for obstruction of justice, destroying evidence, witness tampering or similar charges.
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.