The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Child sex victims lash out at bishop
He lets congregants rally around twice-accused, ousted predator
SNAP want Charlotte diocese to teach flock how to act in abuse cases
It also urges church-goers to support pedophile "privately, not publicly"
Group urges school & church authorities to disclose name of fired lay teacher too
They will also harshly criticize Charlotte’s bishop, for being letting the parishioners hold a rally for the cleric, and prod him to
Finally, the victims will also urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes the cleric's crimes to come forward, get help and call police.
Last year, another McGuinness High School staffer was ousted because of an “allegation of sexual misconduct involving a former student.” In February 2009, the diocese fired that teacher. But in an unusual move, Charlotte Bishop Peter Jugis refused (and still refuses) to disclose this accused predator’s name publicly. SNAP feels as a public safety step, the diocese should disclose that teacher’s identity, especially in light of the Pope’s promise, made just weeks ago, to do “everything possible” to stop future child sex crimes.
Despite the evidence against Kelleher, some Catholics have publicly professed his “innocence” and rallied around him (including holding vigils). A thousand people have joined a Facebook site called "Justice for Father Kelleher." SNAP believes such public shows of support for an arrested child molester is wrong and reckless, intimidating others who see, suspect or suffer child sex crimes from reporting the abuse and stopping the crimes.
SNAP wants Charlotte’s bishop to stop such actions in the future and give congregants copies of a SNAP brochure called “What To Do When Your Minister Is Accused.” http://www.snapnetwork.org/links_homepage/when_minister_accused.htm
Finally, SNAP strongly suspects there are others with information about other crimes by Kelleher. The group urges anyone with any knowledge of his misdeeds - however slight, old or vague - to call law enforcement. The best thing that can happen now, SNAP feels, would be if other victims and witnesses stepped up, more charges were filed, and Kelleher successfully convicted and jailed for a long time.
The victim is represented by Charlotte attorney Seth Langson (704 377 1504). Kelleher is represented by Albemarle attorney Charles Brown (704 385 7194). A photo of Kelleher is available at BishopAccountability.org
According to the Charlotte Observer, Kelleher's expected to make his first court appearance this month. He has worked for the church in the following North Carolina towns: Greenville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston‐Salem, Asheboro, Waynesville, Albemarle, Hendersonville, Lexington, Asheville and Lincolnton.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests