The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex abuse victims blast archdiocese
St. Louis archbishop helped stop IL victims from suing
New court ruling yesterday is "dangerous for children," SNAP says
Group to 2 bishops: "You're protecting predators & jeopardizing kids"
Victims are also upset that bizarre "sexually violent" priest is released
Bizarre cleric, who abused dozens, worked here for ten years in the 1990s
Despite his colleague's warning, St. Louis archdiocese let him work here at 5 places
He gave boys naked ‘massages’ & dressed them in “revealing baby Jesus’ costumes”
They will also announce that a bizarre cleric, who may have molested 30 kids,
SNAP will urge
SNAP condemns allegedly spiritual figures who take advantage of every possible legal maneuver to defend proven pedophile priests. The group will urge St. Louis Catholic officials to fight child sex abuse victims on the merits, not on legal technicalities.
2) Yesterday, America's first-ever priest to be deemed a "sexually violent predator" was freed from a Rushville IL facility. He's Fr. Fred Lenczycki who was convicted in 2004 of molesting three boys. He was to be released from prison in May 2006. But prosecutors felt the chance of him re-offending was high, and they successfully fought to have him kept in state custody and be declared "sexually violent" under a relatively new state law.
For roughly ten years throughout the 1990s, he worked at five St. Louis locations: DePaul and Deaconess (now Forest Park) hospitals and three area parishes: St. Blaise Parish in Maryland Heights, North American Martyrs in Florissant and St. George’s in south St. Louis County.
Lenczycki was originally a priest in the Joliet diocese. Joliet's now-retired bishop has publicly said he sent Lenczycki to treatment because of abuse allegations and warned then-St. Louis Missouri Archbishop John May about Lenczycki's crimes. Nevertheless, May let Lenczycki move to St. Louis and work here.
Two years ago, SNAP asked hospital and archdiocesan staff to reach out to others who may have seen, suspected or suffered Lenczycki’s sex crimes. Though he remains under state supervision, SNAP feels kids will be safer if Lenczycki is charged, convicted and imprisoned again for other crimes he's committed.
Between assignments in Joliet and St. Louis, Lenczycki was sent to San Francisco, where he allegedly molested three other kids.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests