The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
New child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit filed
Predator priest has never been publicly exposed before
Two men were molested as boys in DC, Maryland and Delaware
Their legal action is possible now because of unusual civil 'window' law
Group also exposes a second local, credibly accused child molesting cleric
Church officials have paid settlements to three victims but have kept silent about it
They will also provide copies of a never-released civil settlement and a police report involving four victims of another former local predator priest who has not been 'outed' before.
SNAP will also make public today a three page settlement document (signed by Catholic officials) and two police reports involving two victims of another predator priest, Fr. James Powderly. He reportedly molested two kids in the 1970s. The settlements, reached in February of this year, were never publicly announced or acknowledged by the Catholic hierarchy. SNAP believes that secrecy violates the US Catholic bishops' national abuse policy, which mandates 'openness and transparency' in child sex cases.
Based on conversations with victims, SNAP believes Powderly co-owned the Delaware trailer with Dooley.
The new suit is being filed in New Castle Superior Court in Delaware and seeks unspecified damages and a jury trial.
Neither cleric has been publicly accused of child molestation before. Both have died in recent years.
Dooley worked in Chillum, Seat Pleasant, and Hyattsville, and Powderly worked in Silver Spring and Rockville (all in Maryland). Both men also worked in Washington, DC.
Attorneys J. Michael Reck (949) 252-9990 CA/ (212) 307-3298 NY and Bart Dalton (302) 652-2050 are representing the victims.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests