SNAP blasts judge’s decision to delay priest sex abuse trial
We are disappointed by Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry’s decision to delay Rev. James R. Schook sex abuse trail by 7 months. Delays in sex abuse trials often send a frustrating message to victims of abuse.
Schook has been charged with seven felony counts of sodomy based on allegations that he sexually abused two boys in the 1970s.
It is very rare that a victim of clergy abuse is able to see his/her abuser face criminal charges in a court of law, so when such charges actually happen it is important that they move forward, in a timely manner.
We hope that this delay will not discourage other survivors to come forward, reveal the truth, and get healing.
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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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