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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims prod judge for toughest sentence
Catholic priest could be jailed for 20 years
But group does NOT want to see him deported
SNAP: Third World kids are even more vulnerable
Church officials are prodded to do more outreach about him
"Help find others who were hurt," groups ask "and urge them to call police"
They’ll also beg anyone with information or suspicions about the cleric to come forward, get help, start healing and call law enforcement.
In a plea arranged with prosecutors, Owino could be imprisoned for five years, although a judge has indicated he may not honor that deal. Owino could be locked up for 20 years and then deported to his native Nigeria.
SNAP wants to see Owino behind bars as long as possible, but then sent to a church treatment facility. The organization doesn’t want him deported because it suspects hell go to a Third World country where kids are even more vulnerable to predators and less likely to be caught and prosecuted by law enforcement. SNAP believes that Catholic officials recruit, educate, ordain, hire, transfer and often protect predator priests, so they have a duty to house and treat them to keep them away from children.
SNAP is also prodding church and college officials in PA, WV 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 Owinos crimes. The group believes that Owino might be charged and convicted for other offenses and then imprisoned longer. SNAP worries because Owino is just 44 years old so even if he serves 20 years, he could molest again after being freed.
SNAP 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 Owinos misdeeds should come forward, call police, protect others and start healing.
From 1997 to 2005, he worked in two Pennsylvania dioceses: Allentown (at Alvernia College and St. Peter's parish in Reading) and Pittsburgh (at Duquesne University and St. Bede's parish). Owino also worked at Magdalen College in the Manchester New Hampshire diocese.
Sometimes, when one victim of a predator discloses, others sit back and assume hell 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 group maintains.
A photo of Owino is available at http://bishop-accountability.org/member/psearch.jsp
The case (#2010 -1420) was handled in Fairfax VA Circuit Court. The judge is Michael F. Devine, the prosecutor is Elizabeth Nash and Owinos attorney is Elizabeth Tuomey.
He pled guilty to the charge of aggravated sexual battery which carries a minimum penalty of 12 months in jail or a maximum of 20 years and up to $100,000.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests