OR--Victims want accused predator suspended
Victims want accused predator suspended
Almost 3 weeks ago, he was sued for abuse
Alleged crimes took place for over a decade
But church is apparently keeping priest on the job
Two other child molesting clerics worked at same parish
SNAP: “He’s crossed the river & now deals with alcoholics
Group urges Catholic officials to “reach out to other victims”
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will
--disclose that a recently-sued alleged predator priest remains on the job,
--prod Catholic officials to suspend him and “seek out other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers,” and
--beg anyone who may have “seen, suspected or suffered his crimes” to “protect kids by calling police.”
Friday, March 18, 1:15 p.m.
On the sidewalk outside Holy Rosary Church, 375 NE Clackamas Street (503-235-3163) in Portland
Three-four clergy sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, including a Missouri man who is the organization’s long time director
Almost three weeks ago, a Catholic priest was sued for alleged child sexual abuse. Yet, as best SNAP can tell, remains on the job today, much to the dismay of the victims’ group. They want him put in a remote, secure treatment center and want bishops in Oregon and Washington to warn the public about him and reach out to anyone else he may have hurt.
Fr. Emmerich Vogt is accused of fondled a boy’s genitals roughly ten times, kissing him on the mouth at least 50 times and engaging him in hundreds of graphic, sexualized discussions on pornography and masturbation. The abuse started in 1985 when the boy was an eight year old altar boy at Holy Rosary Church.
SNAP is worried, however, because Fr. Vogt has been allowed to cross the border into Washington and now apparently heads “The 12-Step Review” in Vancouver. It’s a program that works with alcoholics and drug addicts.
“Fr. Vogt should have been suspended and should be moved into a professionally-run, independent treatment center so he can get help and so that kids can be safe,” said David Clohessy of SNAP. “For decades, Catholic officials have claimed that the days of quietly moving predator priests somewhere else are over. But apparently, they’re keeping Fr. Vogt on the job around very vulnerable people – alcoholics and addicts. That’s wrong and reckless.”
At least two other predator priests, both Dominicans, also worked at Holy Rosary.
---Fr. Edmund K. Ryan, who was accused of abusing a child in Eugene, Oregon. The Dominicans acknowledged the allegation was credible and removed Fr, Ryan from public ministry. He also worked in the Oakland Diocese.
---Fr. Leo Donald Tubbs, who is accused of having molested a 15 year-old boy in 1985. (He was one of seven Dominicans secretly being housed at a church building in Oakland as exposed by news media in 2005). Tubbs was "put on lockdown" by his order in 2004, after he traveled alone to Bangkok without permission, and because of boundary violations with adults.
During the years “Smith” was at Holy Rosary, several other priests worked at the parish, including a Fr. Anderson, Fr. Banfield and Fr. Patalano, according to the lawsuit.
The 12 page complaint, alleging battery, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, was filed on 2/24 in Multnomah County and seeks at least $100,000 in damages. The alleged victim, now 39, is identified in his suit by a pseudonym, “David Smith.”
He was ordained in 1978.
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
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