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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Release
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For immediate release:
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Another Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Is Filed Against Denver Catholic Church

Victims Applaud Courage of Those Who Have Come Forward & Taken Action

News Conference Happens As Pope Visits Australia and Is Expected to Apologize

Self-Help Group Predicts Others "Still Suffering in Silence" Will Keep Speaking Up

WHAT

At a news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will disclose and discuss a new child molestation and cover up lawsuit against the Denver archdiocese and Colorado's most notorious predator priest

WHEN

TODAY, Tuesday, July 15, 11:00 a.m.

WHERE

Outside the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 1530 Logan Street in Denver

WHO

Two or three individuals who are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) including a victim who is the group's Denver director

WHY

This youngster was victimized in 1969/1970 while he was a parishioner at St. John the Evangelist in Loveland, Colorado.

Recently 14 men and women settled similar cases, which charged horrific child sex crimes by predatory priests and cover ups by church officials. A dozen of them were molested by Fr. Harold White, one by Fr. Leonard Abercrombie, and one by Msgr. Lawrence St. Peter.  The total settlement was 4.5 million. 

More than 20 men and women have accused White of abusing them as children. Records show that church officials knew of White's suspicious and illegal actions as early as the 1960s but continued to move him.

He worked in 11 parishes over 33 years and has been out of active ministry since 1993. In January 2007, ten lawsuits against him were settled.

White was transferred to numerous communities around Colorado despite multiple reports of his abuse of children.  He abused kids in Denver, Sterling, Loveland, Minturn, Colorado Springs and Aspen.  He was also assigned to Wheat Ridge, Grand Lake, and Steamboat Springs.

White is now deceased.

The victim in today's suit is represented by two attorneys: Jeff Anderson of St. Paul MN (612 817 8665) and Thomas L. Roberts of Denver (303 575 9390)

CONTACT:
Jeb Barrett of Aurora, SNAP Denver Leader 720-222-2412
Kirsten Boyd of Denver, SNAP Spokesperson 303 547 0292
Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP Founder and President 312 399 4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
www.snapnetwork.org