PA- Priest sent to jail for child sex crimes, SNAP respond
For immediate release: Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
A Pennsylvania priest has been sentenced to 21 month in jail for sexually abusing a teenager. We are grateful to police and prosecutors for working to get this dangerous man away from kids, but are disappointed by the short sentence.
Fr. William Jeffrey Paulish is a Scranton diocesan priest.
We urge Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera to aggressively seek out anyone else who may have seen, suspects or suffered child sex crimes by Fr. Paulish. He should visit every parish Fr. Paulish worked and post his name, photo and work history on parish bulletin boards and the diocese website.
We hope others who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Paulish's crimes will step forward, get help, call police, protect others and start healing.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 18,000 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
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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