The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims want Catholic officials fired
They kept quiet about sex misconduct allegations
Suspected teacher was kept on the job for months
State officials disciplined him but parents weren’t told
He had “improper relationship” with high school girl
SNAP to hand out leaflets to parishioners leaving mass
Kevin Yeckley is a counselor and coach who has admitted “periodically” hugging a girl, hiring her, working “alone for several consecutive Saturdays” with her and telling her “he was . . .having uncomfortable feelings for her.” But SNAP believes the main issue is not Yeckley’s misconduct but that of church and school supervisors who, SNAP feels, endangered kids by keeping quiet for months about Yeckley’s misdeeds. SNAP wants Toledo Bishop Leonard Blaire to fire them.
Church officials admit that in March 2009, the victims told a teacher about what Yeckley said to her but their investigation only started in October, some six or seven months later. (According to The News-Messenger newspaper, “The teacher told assistant principal Deb Streacker, who told Principal Mike Gabel, who told Catholic schools superintendent Jack Altenburger, who told diocesan investigator Frank DiLallo, who met with Yeckley along with Toledo diocesan human resources director Greg Reed.
SNAP feels the case again shows Catholic officials putting their reputations and careers above the well-being of children. SNAP is urging every person – parent, student or staff – who saw or suspected misdeeds by Yeckley to call secular authorities, not church authorities.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests