The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
A third Catholic principal is alleged abuser
He faces no legal action & hasn’t been publicly accused before
In a sworn recent deposition, victim says priest admitted crime
SNAP to church officials: “Protect kids and suspend the cleric now”
They will also urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered misdeeds or crimes by the priest to come forward, call police, protect children, get help, and start healing.
SNAP believes that since this disclosure was made during a sworn deposition, church officials should take it seriously, publicly announce the allegation, and suspend McCandless while an investigation is conducted.
Two of McCandless’ predecessors at the school have been accused of molesting children.
The anonymous victim was being questioned by church defense lawyer Colleen Shields of Wilmington (302 428 3181) in connection with his own civil child sex abuse case against the Oblates. Doe’s suit says he was abused by former Salesianum principal Fr. Richard N. Grant in the 1980s. The other accused former Salesianum principal is Fr. James W. O'Neill.
Grant is deceased. O’Neill is believed to be living at a church facility in Childs MD.
The victim is represented by attorney Michael Reck715 742 6593 (MReck@manlystewart.com) and Bart Dalton 302 652 2050.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests