The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
New child sex abuse & cover-up lawsuit is filed
It’s against alleged predator priest & Catholic officials
Diocese admits that the cleric was credibly accused years ago
Crimes began in 2004 when child was in the confessional
Group begs victims, witnesses & whistleblowers to “come forward, call cops”
The victims will urge Monterey Bishop Richard J. Garcia to:
According to news reports, another victim came forward to the Diocese of Monterey and said that Fitz-Henry molested him/her 20 years ago (also at Madonna Del Sasso). The diocese admitted that the accusation is credible, and removed Fitz-Henry from his current assignment at San Juan Bautista Mission. http://www.kionrightnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=14030324.
SNAP contends that by keeping Fitz-Henry in ministry after he’d been credibly accused of child sex crimes, that Monterey’s bishop violated the 2002 US Conference of Catholic Bishops' “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” which requires zero tolerance for abuse. Had the bishop promptly removed Fitz-Henry, SNAP says, the current victim would not have been abused. http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/weblogs/news-blog/2011/feb/14/dirty-deeds-intimated-mission-priest-investigated/
Another Monterey diocesan priest, Fr. Antonio Cortes of St. Mary of the Nativity Church, faces a child molestation trial in April. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2011/01_02/2011_01_06_Vijayan_JuryTrial.htm
The victim in the new suit lives in California. He is filing as John Doe and is represented by attorney Vince Finaldi of Manly and Stewart in Newport Beach (949) 683-8373, VFinaldi@manlystewart.com.
Copies of the lawsuit will be available at the event. The victim will NOT be there.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests