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Giving Voice to Victims

Professor is sued for child sex abuse

His victim speaks publicly for first time

Missouri man travels here to warn public & parents

He's filed civil lawsuit against prominent choral director

Alleged crimes took place in at least four countries and seven states

WHAT

At a sidewalk news conference, a Missouri man who is filing a child molestation lawsuit against a University of Northern Iowa professor, will

-- speak publicly for the first time about the crimes he says he experienced as a child,

-- urge Iowa area junior high, high school, and UNI students to avoid being alone or traveling with the professor, and

-- prod anyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes or misconduct by the accused predator to “come forward, call police and get help.”

WHEN

Thursday, April 16, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE

On the University Ave. sidewalk across from the front entrance of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the campus of University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA

WHO

A Missouri man who is speaking publicly for the first time about the child molestation lawsuit he’s filed against a nearby school district and a former teacher. He’ll be joined by an Iowa man who heads the state chapter of a national support group for child molestation victims (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

WHY

According to a civil lawsuit, served on defendants in February, Adam K. Walker was repeatedly sexually abused by Bradley T. Barrett, a vocal music teacher in the Logan-Rogersville R-VIII School District. The crimes started when Walker was 15 and continued from 1992 to 1995, while Barrett was the vocal music teacher at the junior high school and high school.

Barrett, who is in his 50s, now lives in Cedar Falls, teaches at UNI and is the head of choral activities there (often taking students on long trips).

The suit accuses Missouri school officials of knowing “of Barrett’s history of sexual misconduct with boys, and of his use of choir programs to gain access to boys in order to commit sexual abuse” and being “deliberately indifferent.” It says Barrett “used his position as the vocal music teacher and the promise of travel with high school choral programs as a means of gaining access to (Walker) and other similarly situated students.

The abuse happened on school property and on choral trips to at least 4 states (including Iowa, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Minnesota, Texas, and Washington, DC). and 4 other countries (including England, The Netherlands, Germany and France).

Walker, now 31, works in public relations. His lawsuit, quietly filed last November, is in the Western District Federal Court (in Springfield, Missouri) and names Barrett, the school district, and then-principal John Hetherington as defendants. Walker is represented by Kansas City attorneys Sarah A. Brown and Rebecca M. Randles (816 931 9901).

http://www.uni.edu/music/faculty/barrett_brad.html

CONTACT

Steve Theisen of Hudson 319 231 1663, David Clohessy 314 566 9790, Adam Walker 417 496 8833


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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