The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Letter to Connecticut Department of Public Health
April 21, 2011
Dr. Jewel Mullen, Commissioner
Ms. Debra Johnson CT Dept. of Health
Dear Dr. Mullen and Ms. Johnson:
We represent two groups that care about child sex abuse victims. One is a Catholic reform group called VOTF. The other is a victims' support group called SNAP. Our goal is to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded. We need your help regarding Fr. Richard P. McGann, a suspended and credibly accused child molesting priest.
We're told by at least six sources (with whom we've been in touch repeatedly in recent weeks), that McGann lives at facility a licensed by your agency: the Pumpkin Patch Day Care Center at 31 Root Ave. in Bristol CT. It's run by Debra Zakrzewski).
We KNOW, from a 2002 bankruptcy filing, that Zakrzewski
We have been TOLD that this church was McGann's parish.
We KNOW that McGann's employer, the Hartford Catholic archdiocese, has
We also KNOW that McGann's accuser
We also KNOW that McGann
We have also been TOLD (but have not been able to confirm) that one concerned citizen
Let's be clear - we know of no pending or past criminal charges or civil litigation against McGann. We are not in any way advocating any violation of any of his Constitutionally-guaranteed due process rights.
At the same time, however, we are worried about kids who are at, and have been at, the day care facility in Bristol.
Given all of this information and these reports, for the safety of kids, we urge your office to immediately investigate these reports and take the strongest possible action to warn parents and protect kids. We beg you to do all that you can to quickly but thoroughly look into this troubling situation. If other state agencies, including law enforcement, might be helpful, we urge you to prod them to act as well and pass along this information to them.
We hope you will do all in your power to investigate the allegations again McGann and the day care center where we strongly believe he has lived and is living. We aren't police or prosecutors. We don't know what laws or regulations McGann may have violated. But we do know that a number of signs support the veracity of what we're being told about McGann living at a day care center and being credibly accused of molesting a boy. And we know that often, "where there's a will, there's a way." (Remember: Al Capone was nailed on tax evasion.)
Maybe Zakrzewski lied on her licensing application. Maybe she or McGann has broke or are breaking some other regulation. We're not concerned about how your agency (or other agencies) investigates or acts to better protect kids in this situation. We ARE concerned, however, that SOMETHING be done and some probe is begun.
Thank you. We hope to hear from you soon.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests