The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Child sex victims want bishop to act
Predator priest was just arrested on Friday
But SNAP fears he may get off on technicality
So group wants Catholic official to help prosecutor
SNAP: “Knoxville prelate should more aggressively seek other victims”
Other TN prosecutors can use same law to jail other pedophiles, they say
and their supporters will urge
That victim, Warren Tucker, was also abused by Casey in Scott County, Virginia (where Casey was indicted early last month) and North Carolina (where he pleaded guilty to child sex charges).
Often, SNAP reports, predator priests hire top notch defense lawyers, exploit legal technicalities, escape conviction, or receive light sentences, and soon walk free, able to molest again. And often, the group says, others with information about clergy sex crimes remain silent.
In the diocese of Knoxville, some small steps have been taken to let parishioners and the public know about Casey’s crimes. But much more could and should be done, SNAP believes. Specifically, SNAP wants bishops in all three states (NC, TN and VA) to personally visit each parish where Casey worked, begging victims and witnesses to contact law enforcement. The same Tennessee law that is being used by Sullivan County authorities to prosecute William Casey can be used, SNAP feels, to pursue other predator priests (even though their crimes may have been committed years ago). Specifically, SNAP wants to see former priest Frank Richards indicted. He’s a former Catholic school principal who
now lives in Florida and is accused of molesting several children. The law can also be used to help keep now-incarcerated predator priest Edward McKeown behind bars, SNAP feels.
Tucker, now in his 40s, is married/single and lives in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests