The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse activists ask for bishop’s help
New records show that a CT priest molested kids in NH
Concerned Catholics urge local church officials to do outreach
They will also beg anyone with information about the cleric’s crimes – victims, witnesses or whistleblowers – to speak up and contact authorities.
In 1976, diocesan records show that parents of a teen-age girl complained to church officials that Pcolka was sexually inappropriate with their daughter on an overnight trip with other kids at his New Hampshire cottage.
Leaders of VOTF and SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) fear that Pcolka may have also victimized NH children and believe that Bishop John McCormack has a moral duty to use his websites, newspaper and parish bulletins to seek out and offer help to anyone else who may have been hurt by Pcolka here.
In 1993, Pcolka was named in several civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits involving alleged sex crimes against 16 boys and girls. Church suspended Pcolka and sent him for evaluation in 1993 but he walked out of a psychiatric treatment center that same year. In 2002, Catholic authorities began the long process of defrocking him, and in 2003, several cases against Pcolka were settled. Pcokla was ordained in 1965, is 70 years old and reportedly living with relatives in Trumbull, Connecticut. He worked in a number of Connecticut communities and churches including Stamford, Greenwich, Stratford, and Bethel.
Pcolka’s house is between Concord and Bellows Falls and was built with help from families at his Connecticut parish. He used the home between 1971/72-1976/77.
In the 1960s, Pcolka attended St. John’s Seminary in Brighton along with notorious Massachusetts predator priest Paul Shanley.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests