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SNAP Press Release

Archbishop wants $64,000 from alleged victim

“Unprecedented” legal maneuver was filed yesterday

Man is suing Minnesota’s most prolific predator priest

And he’s trying to force Catholic officials to name other predators

But he just lost one round in court & now Neinstedt wants HIM to pay

SNAP blasts St. Paul archdiocese for “shocking and intimidating move”

WHAT
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will disclose an unprecedented new legal move by Minnesota’s top Catholic official to force an alleged victim to pay the archdiocese $63,000. They will also
-- blast St. Paul’s Catholic archbishop and church hierarchy for the “mean-spirited” maneuver, and
-- urge parishioners to stop donating to the church until the archbishop reverses himself.

WHEN
TODAY, Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE
Outside the Catholic archdiocese headquarters, 226 Summit Avenue in St. Paul

WHO
2-4 clergy sex abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) including a Missouri man who was molested by a priest and who is the organization’s long time executive director

WHY
In an unprecedented move, Minneapolis-St. Paul Archbishop John Neinstedt is trying to force an alleged child sex abuse victim to pay $64,000 for archdiocesan legal costs in a clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit. Last month, Neinstedt got a judge to toss the case out on the statute of limitations and on Monday, he formally asked the same judge to make the alleged victim give the money to the church for its legal costs.

Victims decry the highly unusual tactic, calling it “mean-spirited” and “designed to intimidate others.”

The case accuses Minnesota’s most prolific predator priest, Fr. Thomas Paul Adamson, of molesting a boy in the 1980s at Risen Savior parish in Apple Valley. (Adamson faces at least dozen accusers, most of whom have sued and settled.) According to the lawsuit, church officials were told as early as 1963 about Adamson’s crimes. Yet they kept quietly transferring him from parish to parish without warning church members.

The civil case, filed in 2006, charges top church staff with fraud and seeks to publicly expose the names of other child molesting archdiocesan clerics.

In October, Judge Gregg Johnson sided with the archdiocese in October and tossed out the case. The victim is now appealing Johnson’s decision.

SNAP feels Neinstedt is trying to punish this victim for trying to discover and disclose the identities of other local predator priests. And they believe Neinstedt is trying to intimidate other victims from coming forward. The group is appalled that Neinstedt is using such “scorched –earth legal tactics” against an alleged victim of a “proven predator” about whom church officials had repeatedly, for years, been warned.

The organization also believes it’s immoral for a bishop to “exploit legal technicalities” and says that Neinstedt should “fight on the merits” if he believes Adamson did not, in fact, sexually assault this boy.

According to BishopAccountability.org (where a photo of Adamson can be found), “Experts say he may have abused as many as 100 boys.” In 1990, in Minnesota’s first pedophile priest trial, a jury awarded one of Adamson’s victims $3.5 million (later reduced to $1 million). Defendants included the archdiocese and the Winona diocese.

Adamson was born in 1933 and grew up in Byron, MN. Ordained in 1958, he worked in numerous Minnesota towns including Winona, Adrian, Rochester, Albert Lea, Wykoff, Fountain, Caledonia, Hammond, St. Paul Park, Columbia Heights. He has lived most recently in Eau Claire, WI.

The victim in the case, John Doe 76c, is now in his 40s and will NOT be present at the news conference. He is represented by St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson (651 227 9990, 612 817 8665 cell).

CONTACT
David Clohessy 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com, Barbara Dorris 314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
www.snapnetwork.org
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