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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims prod judge for “toughest” sentence
They’ll try to hand give letter to college president
Former Duquesne priest could be jailed for 20 years
But self help group does NOT want to see him deported
SNAP says “Third World kids are even more vulnerable”
Child molesting cleric worked in three states: WV, NH & PA
University 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.
SNAP wants to see Owino behind bars as long as possible, but then sent to a church treatment facility. The organization does NOT want him deported because it suspects he’ll 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.
(Recently, the Pittsburgh diocese made what SNAP considers “minimal” moves to find other Owino victims. The group wants Bishop Zubik to personally visit St. Bede’s and emphatically beg victims and witnesses to call lawn enforcement.)
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 Owino’s 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 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 group maintains.
A photo of Owino is available at http://pittsburghtruth.org/Photo_Page_Pittsburgh.html
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.
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.
The case (#2010 -1420) was handled in Fairfax VA Circuit Court. The judge is Michael F. Devine, the prosecutor is Elizabeth Nash and Owino’s attorney is Elizabeth Tuomey.
Most recently, Owino worked at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Wierton WV. He also taught at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling WV. He also taught at Magdalen College in the Manchester New Hampshire diocese.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests