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SNAP Press Release
Giving Voice to Victims

Recently sentenced pedophile priest molested a San Fran boy for a decade

New child sex abuse lawsuit is filed against Mother Teresa's 'confessor'

Victim's mother, who lives in California, will speak publicly for the 1st time

Despite being already jailed for 25 years, cleric still faces more criminal charges

Nationally known predator was just defrocked last year and abused just 4 years ago

WHAT
At a sidewalk news conference, a mom whose son was molested for a decade by a just-sentenced predator priest will
--- disclose and discuss her son's new child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against the cleric & his supervisors,
--- beg Catholics to ask friends & family if they were hurt by the pedophile and if so, to report promptly to police, &
--- urge local church officials to aggressively reach out to others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes.

TThe accused is perhaps the most prominent US Catholic priest to ever have been convicted of child molestation. For decades, he belonged to perhaps America's most prominent Catholic religious order, the Jesuits.

WHEN
TODAY, Monday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE
Outside San Francisco University, 2495 Golden Gate Avenue, in San Francisco

WHO
Child sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), including a Milwaukee therapist who is the organization's long-time Midwest Director

WHY
On Feb. 11, Fr. Donald McGuire, an internationally-known Jesuit, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for molesting. kids. He is the most high-profile Catholic priest to ever be convicted for sexually abuse, having been Mother Teresa's spiritual advisor, spoken at hundreds of schools and churches, and led retreats across the globe. In the 1970s, he taught at the University of San Francisco.

Late Friday, a new child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit was filed against McGuire and his supervisors. It charges that McGuire repeatedly assaulted a boy for ten years (1988-98) at several places in California, at a Jesuit facility in suburban Chicago, and on retreats across the country.

In Feb. 2006, McGuire was found guilty of molesting two other boys in Wisconsin. Last March, prosecutors in Phoenix AZ filed more criminal charges against McGuire for molesting two other boys there between 1998 and 2002.

At least seven civil molestation suits have been filed against McGuire.

McGuire, now in his 70s, was finally defrocked last year, even though his Jesuit supervisors received repeated reports of his crimes as far back as the 1960s.

The victim is represented by attorneys Kevin McGuire (949) 510 1229, Jeff Anderson (612) 817 8665, and Marc Pearlman (773) 368 0142. For the victim's privacy, his mother does not want her last name or hometown used but will give interviews and answer questions.

CONTACT
Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP outreach director (314) 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell
Joey Piscatelli of Martinez, SNAP Bay Area director (925) 262 3699 cell
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP national director (314) 566 9790 cell


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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