The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victim speaks out for first time ever
He just settled pedophile priest & cover up case for $600,000
Predator molested him in NYC, New Jersey, Missouri & elsewhere
Now, he's disclosing his identity and other victims are stepping forward
Wounded doctor vows "to do all I can to get convicted predator locked up"
Even now, Catholic officials keep paying child molesting cleric, while refusing to say where he is
Other victims & advocates will harshly criticize Catholic officials for
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After pleading guilty in 1982 to molesting a Jersey City boy, Newark's archbishop let Sita legally change his name to Fr. Gerald "Gerry" Howard and sent him, without warning parishioners or the public, to a Boonville Missouri church. For five years, starting in 1983, Howard repeatedly gave drugs and liquor to the then-teenaged McAllister, and severely sexually assaulted him. (McAllister's devout family belonged to the parish.) The crimes took place several places, including church property, and on trips to Manhattan, New Jersey and elsewhere.
Almost two years ago, McAllister reported the abuse to church officials, who quickly found him credible but chose to keep his allegations secret. In late June 2009, McAllister agreed to the settlement from three defendants - the Newark archdiocese (where Howard is from), the Jefferson City diocese (where Howard was sent), and a St. Louis-based Catholic group called the Paracletes (which allegedly 'treated' Howard between diocesan assignments). Until SNAP's announcement, church staff kept silent about Howard's crimes and McAllister's settlement.
Howard remains a priest on the Newark diocesan payroll, though he's allegedly not working in a parish. Church staff refuse to disclose his whereabouts. As part of the settlement, McAllister insisted that Newark's archbishop begin defrocking Howard.
For six years (1976-1982), Howard worked at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Jersey City (201-433-6365), where he abused a young parishioner. For a while, Howard attended Rutgers University. In the 1980s, after being ousted from his Boonville parish, Howard moved to Columbia MO where it is believed that he took counseling courses at the University of Missouri. He was born in 1945, is now in his 60s, and was ordained in 1976.
McAllister is in his 30s, married and lives in Roanoke VA now. He is represented by two Missouri attorneys Ken Chackes of St. Louis (314 872 8420, 314 369 3902 cell) and Bryan Bacon of Columbia (573 874 7777, 314 566 8386 cell). 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).
A similar event will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. outside the Newark archdiocese headquarters in Newark.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests