School head arrested; SNAP responds
We applaud Citrus Heights police for their commitment to finding the truth about Robert Adams. We hope that others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes will call law enforcement.
Now is no time to get complacent. Often, shrewd child molesters hire top-notch defense lawyers and get off on legal technicalities or serve little jail time. So it’s crucial that anyone with information or suspicions about Adams step forward now.
We're disappointed with the aggressive campaign launched by a handful of his supporters. It's always difficult for a child to speak out against an authority figure. Public support for an accused molester makes it even harder for other victims, witnesses, and whistleblowers to come forward. If Adams' pals feel they must support him, they should do it quietly. Nobody with information about abuse at Creative Frontiers should be pressured into staying silent.
(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, email@example.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
September 7, 2011
By Sam Stanton firstname.lastname@example.org
Citrus Heights police arrested the former owner of the Creative Frontiers School today following a molestation investigation that has been under way since July.
Robert Adams, who had operated the school since 1975 until authorities shut it down earlier this summer, was taken into custody early today at his Folsom home. Police expect to announce charges in the case at a press conference later this morning.
Adams has denied wrongdoing and supporters of the school have worked over the summer to bring it into compliance with city codes. Adams also indicated in city documents the he sold the school last month to a man who is engaged to marry one of his daughters.
The initial allegations against Adams came from a former worker at the school, but police have indicated since then that numerous alleged victims have come forward.
Adams' attorney, Lindsa Parisi, could not be immediately reached this morning.
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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