Priest begins jail sentence for child sex crimes
Tomorrow, a serial predator priest, Fr. Alejandro “Alex” Castillo will be taken in to custody in order to serve his prison time for pleading guilty to child sexual abuse. A year ago, he was removed from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Ontario when allegations surfaced that he abused two brothers within last two years.
He was arrested last October and initially pled “not guilty.” But in Apri1, he changed his plea to “guilty.”: He’s expected to spend a year in jail be forced to register as sex offender.
The hearing will be at 8:30am in Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court, Dept. R18, 8303 N. Haven Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga (909) 350-9764
Castillo’s victims are represented by Newport Beach attorneys Rebecca L. Rhoades (949 252 9990, cell 562 760 5743) and John Manly (949 252 990, cell 949 689 7895). Castillo’s photo is at BishopAccountability.org
We applaud the brave victims who spoke up and helped police and prosecutor pursue this criminal. We hope tomorrow’s court hearing will bring the victims and their families some healing. They should be proud that their courage has helped keep a child molester away from innocent kids.
And we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered Castillo’s crimes to come 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 23 years and have more than 10,000 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)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
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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