The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
Clergy sex victim speaks publicly for first time
He was assaulted by predator who essentially admits his guilt
SNAP challenges Orlando bishop to respond about recent disclosures
Group produced evidence that church officials knew of abuse long ago
Yet Catholic officials remain silent, rather that admit they concealed crimes
Group urges victims, witnesses & whistleblowers to come forward, call cops, get help
With other victims, he'll also urge anyone else who saw, suspected or suffered the cleric's crimes to come forward, speak up, get help and call police, so that the predator priest might be charged, convicted and jailed.
In 1970, Hall and his family also told then-Bishop John Borders about Uhran's sexual abuse. Church officials, however, kept Uhran in ministry, and he went on to molest other kids.
Until last month, no evidence had surfaced publicly showing that Uhran actually molested kids or that his diocesan supervisors had been warned about his sexual misconduct years earlier. But proof of both facts was contained in legal documents SNAP disclosed at a new conference in April. At that event, SNAP released two depositions involving Uhran. (See Orlando Sentinel story.) In one, Uhran repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. In another, the mother of a Uhran victim swore she also told Borders of Uhrans crimes long ago.
Uhran is now 69, and lives in the Nashville, TN area. His victims have been represented by Miami attorney Adam Horowitz (305 931 2200 office, 305 298 7713 cell).
Hall, the victim speaking today for the first time, now lives in Augusta, Georgia. He can be reached at 706 736 4343 or 706 829 1514. Hall was deposed as a witness Friday morning in another child sex abuse and cover up case against Uhran and the diocese.
Orlando Bishop Thomas Wenski has been criticized often by SNAP, especially for what the group calls his on going secrecy. Six years ago, Americas bishops pledged to be open and transparent about clergy sex cases. SNAP believes Wenski should have publicized allegations much earlier against Uhran and at least two other accused clerics: Fr. Jose Mean and Fr. Carlos Bedoya.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests