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, snapjudy@gmail.com)

(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


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  • Richard Kensinger, MSW
    commented 2018-12-07 17:41:06 -0600
    I reside in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, PA. I have divorced the Church as a result of its persisting criminal behavior over 5 decades. 46 of 50 of the perps are clergy. The cover-up was massive and included prominent legal profession members and persons in the criminal justice system. I also taught at Penn State during the Sandusky crimes.

    My clinical experience and clinical research reveals some of the following:
    Most pedophiles are the “preferred” kind not the “circumstantial” ones; Harvard University suggests that pedophilia is a type of sexual orientation; they find positions that put them in direct contact w/ youth; they will continue to offend repeatedly until they are apprehended and imprisoned. Treatment such as counseling/psychotherapy does not work. And in addition to those who commit these crimes, there are many who commit crimes of omission.
    Rich, MSW

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