The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Catholic officials settled case but insisted on secrecy
Alleged wrong-doer was then transferred here from California
Victims' support group wants suspension, probe and disclosure
SNAP urges those who "saw, suspected or suffered" clergy misdeeds to "speak up"
Healing is possible, organization says, but only when victims & witnesses take action
They will also urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes or misdeeds to come forward, get help and call police
SNAP learned of Gleeson's role at Wheeling Jesuit in news accounts last month about the university president's recent firing.
The suit, brought by John Bollard (310 694 7880), charged that Gleeson had asked to masturbate with the young student (among other allegations). Bollard's lawyer was James Wagstaffe (415.371.8500, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Bollard, now 44, works at a college in Southern California.
Jesuit officials claim that the allegations were "unsubstantiated." However, America's Catholic bishops adopted a first-ever national policy on clergy sexual misconduct in 2002. That policy pledged "openness" in such cases, and promised that credibly accused priests would be promptly suspended while accusations were investigated. SNAP believes that, in light of this policy, Jesuits and/or the Wheeling Diocese need to be cautious, suspend Gleeson, and launch a probe into Bollard's charges.
Gleeson's fellow board members include William G. Fisher , Fr. Brian O’Donnell (304 243 2375), Fr. Gerard Stockhausen (313 993 1455), Charleston attorney Rudolph DiTrapano ((304) 342-0133 ) and Fr. Edward Glynn, Dr. Donald Hofreuter, and Lynda C. Wolford, C.P.A., (recently resigned) Other board members can be found at http://www.wju.edu/academics/catalogs/under07_09/Financial%20Information/Directories.pdf
A former Wheeling University president, Fr. Charles L. Currie (202 797 2171), has defended the school's decision to keep Gleeson on its board.
According to Jesuit websites, Gleeson has also been affiliated with two Jesuit facilities in Pennsylvania: a retreat center at Wernersville (http://www.jesuitcenter.org/members.htm) and a college in Redding (http://184.108.40.206/donorsreport/board-of-trustees.html).
A photo of Gleeson is available at http://www.jesuitcenter.org/members.htm
SNAP has also started a website with information about accused West Virginia clerics: http://wheeling-charlestontruth.org/
Last night, the group held its first support meeting in Charleston WV.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests