The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Church officials try to defrock accused cleric
Quiet hearings held this week in Steubenville
Suspended predator is fighting to remain a priest
Victim files new legal appeal to get his records released
She wants Ohio Supreme Court to open up sealed files about pedophile
Monday in Steubenville, church officials began quietly hearing testimony about Fr. Zalenski as part of a formal process to defrock him. One person who testified was Beth Rocker who says she was sexually assaulted by the priest as a 9-11 years old girl between 1989-1991 at Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Lore City, Ohio. SNAP expects a number of others to testify too.
The process, called laicization, is largely secret and can be very lengthy, But the fact that church officials are working to permanently remove Zalenski from the priesthood is a clear sign, SNAP says, that Steubenville bishop Daniel Conlon believes Zalenski is guilty.
Other officials involved in this hearing are:
(614) 876-1272, Msgr. Kevin Michael Quirk, firstname.lastname@example.org (304) 230-1568, (304) 230-1577
In 1991, Rocker reported Zalenski's crimes to the Guernsey County law enforcement. In October 2008, the prosecutor announced there was insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges against Zalenski. A year ago, Rocker sued to get the police investigation records released but last month, she lost. Now, she's appealing that ruling to Ohio's highest court.
Rocker is represented by Cincinnati attorney Konrad Kircher (513-229-7996).
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests