OR--Predator priest sued for first time; Victims respond
For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 26, 2016
We applaud the brave man who is exposing an Oregon predator priest, Fr. Emmerich Vogt. As best we can tell, this is the first time this cleric has been “outed” as a credibly accused child molester. He’s the 89th publicly accused Portland archdiocesan predator priest.
We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Fr. Vogt or cover ups by his Catholic supervisors will come forward, call police, expose wrongdoers, deter secrecy and protect kids.
We’re saddened but not surprised that Fr. Vogt has already, through his lawyer, said he’ll fight this lawsuit on legal technicalities and not on the merits.
(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)
Lawsuit claims priest sexually abused Portland boy
BY KELLEE AZAR, KATU NEWS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH 2016
An Oregon man using a pseudo name of "David Smith" is suing the Dominican Order and Holy Rosary Church in Northeast Portland.
Smith was an altar boy at the time. He alleges he was sexually abused by Father Emmerich Vogt.
"He was subjected to kissing, extended hugging, touching, something no kid should have to go through, especially with a priest," Smith's lawyer Kristian Roggendorf of Roggendorf Law said.
Also in the complaint are allegations of . . .
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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