The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Parents of sex abuse victim speak out
They’re offended by Cardinal’s “illegal alien” remark
Group wants Mahony to help oust newly-sued predator priest
Despite new lawsuit in US, child molesting cleric now works in Mexico
SNAP: “LA archdiocesan abuse panel members should step down or be ousted”
The group will also urge
Finally, the victims will also praise a new lawsuit charging church officials with fraud.
And yesterday (6/23), the Associated Press reported that a new child sex abuse lawsuit has been filed against the LA archdiocese. It involves an alleged predator priest, Fr. Jeffrey Newell, who is still working for the church today down in Mexico. SNAP wants Mahony to write the Pope and the Mexican bishop insisting that the cleric be immediately suspended.
The parents of the first victim, who was allegedly molested by Fr. Michael Stephen Baker, will criticize Mahony at this event. And at the event, a written statement will be read by the second victim, who was allegedly molested by Newell. With SNAP, they are seeking apologies from Mahony.
Until yesterday, Newell had never been publicly accused of abuse before. He’s still a priest now, in the Diocese of Tijuana. According to the AP, Newell’s “MySpace page lists a half-dozen teenage boys as his friends and includes pictures of Newell in his priest's collar.”
Also last week, another deposition was released. It involved a retired LA judge who chairs Mahony’s child sex abuse panel. The judge admitted under oath that neither he nor any other member of that hand-picked committee ever called the police about any child sex allegations against any archdiocesan staff. Because of this, SNAP is publicly asking each panel member to resign. If they refuse, SNAP wants Mahony to oust them all and appoint a new committee.
Baker’s victims are represented by attorney John Manly (949 252 9990). Newel’s victim is represented by attorney Joseph C. George (916 442 7100.
Contact: Joelle Casteix 949 322 7434, David Clohessy 3214 566 9790
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests