OH--Orthodox pastor has just been arrested on a sex charge
For immediate release: Wednesday, June 24
An Orthodox pastor has just been arrested on a sex charge involving a teenager. Now, it’s time for his church colleagues and supervisors to take action.
It’s very unlikely this is a “one time” offense. We beg Orthodox officials in Ohio and Pennsylvania to show courage and compassion by actively seeking out anyone else who may have seen, suspected or suffered Rev. Andoni’s crimes.
It’s the moral and civic duty of those with information or suspicions about sex crimes to call police. Church officials gave Rev. Andoni access to innocent kids and vulnerable adults. He may have assaulted some of them. So church officials need to step up, speak out, reach out and try to find and help his victims while also helping law enforcement convict him.
(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)
Youngstown pastor accused of sexual imposition
Published: Wed, June 24, 2015 @ 12:05 a.m. - By Jordyn Grzelewski, email@example.com
The pastor of a Youngstown church is accused of sexual imposition after an incident that purportedly took place in a restaurant restroom.
James Callozzo, 73, appeared in Mahoning County Area Court here Tuesday for arraignment on the misdemeanor charge. He entered a plea of not guilty.
An 18-year-old said Callozzo approached him May 15 in the restroom at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, 804 Boardman-Poland Road, asked him . . .
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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