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SNAP Press Release
Court tosses out 3 child sex abuse lawsuits
Self help group will leaflet as church-goers walk by
They’re upset that church "exploits legal technicalities"
Episcopal Diocese can now "hide" records of clergy crimes
SNAP seeks parishioners' help in urging bishop to end secrecy
One civil case against serial pedophile has already been 'sealed'
Ex-cleric faces 3 more accusers; Cases were to be tried next month
But judge sided with bishop, saying suits were filed too late
Priest allegedly molested at two prestigious schools - in Austin & Houston
"Secrecy enables more child sex abuse," support group tells church officials
The group will also
(Note – the priest worked at this parish in the 1950s.)
The suits charged that Tucker molested the boys at St. Stephen’s boarding school in Austin in the 1960s. In 1968, the diocese allegedly transferred Tucker to another school, St. James Episcopal in Houston, after receiving "misconduct complaints" about Tucker.
According to a Houston Press article several months ago, the diocese has settled one case involving a victim of St. James. Church authorities insisted, however, that the case be "sealed."
Now, because of Friday's ruling, church authorities can keep records about Tucker's crimes "sealed."
For decades, SNAP says, this kind of secrecy enabled Catholic officials to quietly transfer thousands of predator priests to unsuspecting parishes and is one reason thousands of such priests were able to molest tens of thousands of boys and girls without being detected. SNAP believes such secrecy is morally wrong, psychologically harmful and practically dangerous.
SNAP's flier will ask Episcopalians to call their bishop and urge that he stop "exploiting" the statutes of limitations, release the records and work harder to find and help others who saw, suspected or suffered Tucker's crimes.
The trial against Tucker was set for November 3rd in Corpus Christi, Texas. Most of Tucker's alleged crimes took place in the 1960s. Just last year, diocesan officials defrocked Tucker for sexual misconduct.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests