The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex abuse victims blast archdiocesan secrecy
They want convicted predator's whereabouts disclosed
Group urges Newark Catholic officials to 'come clean' about pedophile
"Why hasn't he been defrocked and is he still being paid?" SNAP asks
Organization urges victims and witnesses to step forward, call police & get help
Born in 1945, Carmine C. Sita was ordained a priest of the Newark Archdiocese in 1976. In the 1980s, Sita was convicted of sexually abusing a boy in Jersey City. He was then sent to a church-run center for pedophile priests in New Mexico, legally changed his name to Jerry Howard, and was sent to work in the Jefferson City MO Diocese.
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 one of the largest ever among clergy sex abuse 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 MO (314 872 8420, 314 369 3902 cell) and Bryan Bacon of Columbia MO (573-874-7777). Attorneys representing the defendants include Charles Carella (for the Newark diocese, 973-994-1700), Jeffrey Jones (for the Paracletes, 505-466-3426), Lucie Huger, Bernard Huger, & Ed Goldenhersh (for Jefferson City diocese, 314-241-9090).
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests