The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex abuse victims disclose $600,000 settlement
It's believed to be the highest ever in Mid-Missouri
Catholic priest was convicted of molesting a kid in NJ
Then, church quietly moved him to unsuspecting Boonville parish
In between, he legally changed his name & was sent to treatment center
Self help group blasts church officials in both states for 'secrecy and callousness'
SNAP begs others who were sexually assaulted, by him or other clerics, to 'come forward'
They will also
From 1983-88, Howard repeatedly sexually violated a teenage boy who belonged to Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Boonville (though some of the crimes took place on trips to Columbia, New York and elsewhere).
After a mediation in late June in St. Louis, the victim agreed to a $600,000 settlement from three defendants - the Jefferson City diocese (where Howard was sent), the Newark archdiocese (where Howard is from), and a religious order, the St. Louis-based Paracletes, a religious order (where Howard was 'treated' between diocesan assignments).
After being ousted from his Boonville parish, Howard moved to Columbia and lived off Lake of the Woods Road for several years. It is believed that he took counseling courses at the University of Missouri. For six years (1976-1982), Howard worked at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Jersey City NJ. (691 West Side Ave., 201-433-6365). For a while, he attended Rutgers University.
Now in his 60s, Howard remains a priest, though he's allegedly not working in a parish and his whereabouts are not known. As part of the settlement, the victim insisted that church officials begin defrocking Howard.
The settlement is believed to be among the four or five largest ever among clergy sex cases in Missouri.
The victim is in his 30s, married and lives in Roanoke VA now. (He will NOT be at the news conference) He is represented by attorneys Ken Chackes of St. Louis (314 872 8420, 314 369 3902 cell) and Bryan Bacon of Columbia (573-874-7777). Current staff at Sts. Peter & Paul parish include Pastor Robert
Duesdieker (660-882-6468, 660-882-8528) and Sr. Nadine Flott (660-882-5304). Attorneys representing the defendants include Jeffrey Jones (for the Paracletes, 505-466-3426), Charles Carella (for the Newark diocese, 973-994-1700), Lucie Huger, Bernard Huger, & Ed Goldenhersh (for Jeff City diocese, 314-241-9090).
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests