The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Friday, January 16, 2009
Alleged molester, facing 3 accusers, is put back in 2 churches
SNAP wants him ousted & discloses that a new lawsuit against him is coming
Suspended for misconduct four years ago, he quietly resurfaces with no notice
Predator works at St. Cronans, still reeling from recent arrest of their former pastor
Group asks How many other suspended sexually troubled priests are being quietly re-assigned?
Two of the victims made in-person reports of abuse to Stika, whos just been promoted to bishop
He will soon be sued for abusing another child.
They will try to hand-deliver a letter to St. Louis bishop, urging him to remove the priest.
In 2002, a young man told church staff that Freymuth molested him roughly 15 before. Msgr. Richard Stika (then archdioceses point man on abuse, now a Tennessee bishop) didnt believe the victim.
In 2004, a second young man, Timothy J. Bartin of Columbia (573 499 9485), made an in-person report to a church panel, detailing inappropriate sexualized grooming behavior by Freymuth against him. Bartin was roughly 12 at the time. Freymuth gave him liquor, backrubs and showed him an R movie when the two were alone in a bedroom. Bartins disclosure, church officials said, led to Freymuths suspension.
Later in 2005, a third young man reported in person to several archdiocesan staff (including Stika) that he was sexually abused by Freymuth in the 1980s (Years earlier, his mom made a similar report to a church staffer while the boy was in high school.) That young man plans to soon file a civil child molestation lawsuit against Freymuth. (No civil lawsuits against Freymuth have been filed yet.)
At the time of his 2004 suspension, Freymuth was a chaplain at Cardinal Ritter Prep (701 N. Spring Avenue, 446-5500) in St. Louis. He has also worked at four southside parishes (Sts. Mary and Joseph, St. Joan of Arc, St. Gabriel the Archangel, and Holy Family) and one northside parish (St. Elizabeth). All but one of the parishes (Sts. Mary and Joseph) have elementary schools.
At least two parishioners have told SNAP recently that Freymuth is working part time at St. Cronans, where former pastor Fr. Joseph Ross was arrested in October for molesting a child in 2000.
SNAP believes Freymuths quiet re-instatement is reckless and violates the US bishops sex abuse policy which mandates openness and transparency in child sex cases.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests