The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Ex predator priest working at parish
He’s accused of molesting several Ohio kids
The Vatican defrocked him but he’s now at local Catholic church
Group blasts archdiocesan officials for “recklessness and secrecy”
Prelate should “reach out” to others who might have been abused, SNAP says
They will also urge Detroit’s archbishop to
And the victims will encourage anyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to call police, get help, expose predators, protect kids and start healing.
According to news accounts and a Boston-based research group called BishopAccountability.org, Richey has been accused of molesting at least seven kids in two Toledo parishes in the 1980s. In 2008, Toledo church officials admitted that allegations against him “were investigated and have been found not only to be credible but substantiated.”
Confidential settlements were reportedly reached with some of Richey’s victims in the 1980s and1990s.
Richey was suspended from active ministry in 1992. But the Blade newspaper reported that “Several years later, he turned up as music director and organist at St. Michael the Archangel parish in Toledo, without the congregation being made aware of his past.” Richey was permanently defrocked in 1997.
Until around 2000, Richey reportedly worked at St. Joseph's parish in Trenton, MI (Pastor: Fr. Bradley Forintos, 734-676-9082 ext. 15, firstname.lastname@example.org). He also does music for some Sunday masses at Marygrove College (McNichols & Wyoming). SNAP has been told that Richey has worked for Detroit Catholic churches since 1996.
A concerned Detroit area Catholic recently alerted SNAP to Richey’s work for local Catholic churches.
St. Margaret’s pastor is Fr. Ronald J. DeHondt (email@example.com) and the music minister is Professor Frances Brockington (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also on the music staff is Barbara Ambrogio and John Riesterer.
Richey was ordained in 1978 and worked at parishes in these Ohio towns: Findlay, Sandusky, Mansfield, Vermilion, and Wakeman.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests