The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Catholic bishops urged to help law enforcement
Predator priest who worked in PA faces criminal prosecution
A court hearing in his case in Virginia is set for later this week
Another abusive Allentown area priest was just sued last week
Victims want local Catholic and school officials to “reach out”
They also prod colleges to contact alums about accused pedophile
"Help find others who were hurt," groups ask "and urge them to call police"
They’ll also beg anyone with information about another accused Allentown priest (who allegedly victimized a teenage girl) to call law enforcement.
And last month, Fr. Felix C. Owino was arrested in Fairfax VA and charged with “aggravated sexual battery” of a girl under 13. From 1997 to 2005, he worked in the Allentown diocese at St. Peter's in Reading, PA and in the Pittsburgh diocese at Duquesne University and St. Bede's parish. On Sept. 2, there’s a court hearing scheduled in Virginia in Owino’s case.
Owino also worked at Magdalen College in the Manchester New Hampshire diocese.
SNAP is prodding church and college officials in PA and NH ‘to come clean’ about any allegations of sexual abuse while Owino worked in their areas. SNAP also wants church and college officials to help law enforcement by aggressively seeking out others with information about Owino’s crimes.
The group is also urging any current and former students and employees at the colleges to ask their colleagues about Owino, They believe that anyone who has seen, suspected or suffered Owino’s misdeeds should come forward, call police, protect others and start healing.
Sometimes, when one victim of a predator discloses, others sit back and assume he’ll be convicted. But SNAP feels it's important for everyone with information about clergy sex crimes to contact law enforcement. Often, abusive clerics get top notch defense lawyers who successfully exploit legal technicalities and escape conviction or get lenient sentences, the groups maintain.
SNAP is doing a similar event today in the Manchester NH diocese where Owino also worked.
Owino is a native of Nairobi, Kenya. A photo of him is available at http://bishop-accountability.org/member/psearch.jsp
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests