The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Abuse Victims Announce New Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit
Multiple Offender Molested Youngsters In Santa Barbara
Later, Catholic Cleric Was Sent to Las Vegas Parish School
He’s One Of Numerous Predator Clerics Sent To Las Vegas
Serial Molester Now Lives Unmonitored Near Schools and Children
More Than 31 Members Of His Religious Order Are Accused Of Abuse
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The school, the Diocese of Las Vegas, the Diocese of Reno and the Franciscan Friars are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
The suit also alleges that Thing sexually abused the boy in Las Vegas, a cabin in Mt. Charleston, NV, and took him across state lines to California. The Mt. Charleston cabin was popular with many of the 31 known Franciscan abusive priests, and at least two victims have come forward to say they were abused there.
This lawsuit is the latest in a string of complaints against Thing. The first known accusation against Thing was in 1979, when the cleric was assigned to the Santa Barbara area and was allowed to work and travel with the Santa Barbara Boys Choir. When the choir was touring in Europe, a young member of the group reported waking up with his pants and underwear around his ankles and Thing asleep in the bed next to him. Thing was also reported for inappropriate conduct with boys, inappropriate touching and sexually abusing a boy on a camping trip.
Records show that Thing's last known address is 1420 Bartlett Avenue in Las Vegas where the cleric lives unmonitored and unsupervised, even though order and church officials know that Thing is a serial predator. Thing's status within the religious order in unknown. It also serves as a Franciscan-owned homeless shelter www.poverellohouse.com. The neighborhood location is close to children and schools.
SNAP suspects that there may be dozens of Franciscan victims in Las Vegas and across Nevada and California.
Earlier this year, the Franciscans ask the California Supreme Court to block the release of hundreds of pages of secret sex abuse documents, some of which may include information about Thing and other Franciscans who worked in Nevada. The court refused to hear their appeal.
The victim is represented by Attorney Tim Hale of Santa Barbara (805) 455-0319 cell, (805) 963-2345 office.
Copies of the complaint will be available at the event. The victim will NOT be present.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests