PA- Two sets of school officials act "irresponsibly"
For immediate release: Wednesday, Jan. 29 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
Shame on officials at Pennridge High School and Faith Christian Academy. Neither acted responsibly in the troubling case of proven predator Eric Romig. We hope both will be prosecuted.
We know Pennsylvania's archaic, predator-friendly statute of limitations makes it tough to pursue those who commit and conceal heinous child sex crimes. Still, we believe an aggressive outreach and investigative effort might well produce successful prosecutions of those who knew of or suspected Romig's crimes but ignored or hid them.
The alternative is to let complicit school officials to walk free. That will only encourage others employers to act with similar recklessness, callousness and deceit in the future. And that will of course mean that more innocent kids' lives will be shattered by child molesters.
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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