Priest from Cincinnati Arrested in the Philippines for Abusing at Least 50 Children, SNAP Responds
For immediate release: December 5, 2018
An Ohio priest has just been arrested overseas for abusing as many as 50 boys in the Philippines. It is urgent that his Catholic supervisors now do aggressive outreach to find others who might have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes.
According to four online Church sources – one a Church bulletin, another the Archdiocesan newspaper, the third the Catholic News Service, and the last a listing of Archdiocesan priest missionaries – Fr. Kenneth Hendricks is from the Cincinnati Archdiocese but has worked for decades in the Philippines, where he has been accused of molesting dozens of boys, one as young as seven years old.
Fr. Hendricks may have been in the Philippines for the past 37 years, but he was presumably ordained and educated in the United States and we worry that there may be victims of his here, too.
We hope that Archbishop Dennis Schnurr shares this information about Fr. Hendricks arrest with his flock. We also implore every person who may have information or suspicions about Fr. Hendricks to report to law enforcement. All too often, abusers can escape justice through legal technicalities or archaic, predator-friendly laws like statutes of limitations, so it is critical that anyone who has information that may be able to help prosecutors shares what they know with the police as soon as possible.
CONTACT: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader, (636-433-2511, firstname.lastname@example.org)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. 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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