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Sex abuse victims want admitted molester banned from retreats
Convicted predator should not be leading spiritual events, they say
Catholic and Episcopal officials kept clergyman’s crimes secret
At a bare minimum, support group wants public warned about molester
He could still be assaulting kids now, so why put kids at risk?” SNAP asks
They will also publicly urge
-- church officials to use their websites and newspapers to warn unsuspecting parishioners about the predator, and
-- anyone who witnessed, suspected or experienced sex crimes by this Episcopal minister or other clergy to come forward, get help, and call the police.
In 1996, Bauman admitted molesting an eight year old Texas boy on a retreat. The Dallas Morning News called him “a nationally known spiritual leader and author” and reported that he’s been accused of sexually abusing at least two other boys. Bauman was sentenced to probation for a decade and is still a registered sex offender.
The publicity and promotion materials for Bauman’s retreats make no mention that he is an admitted child molester.
SNAP believes that Catholic and Episcopal officials are being callous and reckless. They want church authorities in Texas to warn their flocks, their Minnesota counterparts and any potential retreat attendees (especially parents) about Bauman’s crimes.
Bauman’s brother, Ward Bauman (320 685 8064) heads the Episcopal House of Prayer.
(See Dallas Morning News: "Ex-priest gets probation for sex abuse" by Mark Wrolstad, 8/11/99 & "Former Episcopalian charged with molestation," by Brooks Egerton, 1/7/99.)
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests