The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Parents are warned about recently released predator
Ex-child molesting Catholic cleric now lives in Crystal Lake
Support group & concerned Catholics will leaflet outside Mass
They urge any other victims to come forward, call police & get help
Organizations worry because pedophile is “young, cunning & charismatic”
Now defrocked, priest pleaded guilty to molesting two girls and violated his parole
The leaflets will prod
WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 8, 11:30 a.m.
SNAP and VOTF members worry because they feel Campobello is a young, well-educated and shrewd predator who will likely molest again. They want Rockford Catholic parishioners and officials to spread the word about his presence in Crystal Lake and beg others with information about his crimes to call law enforcement. The groups believe it is likely Campobello will hurt other kids and might be prosecuted and jailed again if people who know of his crimes speak up.
In 2002, Campobello was arrested for molesting two girls, ages 14 and 15, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva and Aurora Central Catholic High School in 1999 and 2000. Campobello pleaded guilty in 2004 and was given an eight year prison sentence (four for each girl). In 2005, he was expelled by the Vatican. His victims were awarded $2.2 million after they sued the Rockford Diocese. After 3 ½ years, Campobello was put on parole, which he violated twice.
Campobello had lived in Crystal Lake after being granted parole in 2008 and after serving time on a parole violate.
Campobello was ordained in the Catholic Diocese of Rockford in 1991 and worked at Holy Family and St. Peter parishes in Rockford, St. James in Belvidere and St. Thomas in Crystal Lake.
The group will leaflet people leaving the 10:30 Mass and those coming for the noon Mass.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests