The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims Blast Gallup Diocese
Documents Prove Molesting Cleric Dumped in Winslow, NA Reservations
Despite Evidence, Diocese Officials Are Keeping Quiet About Perpetrator
Even Now, Diocese Refuses To Reach Out Victims/Parishes
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After being accused of abuse and "playing with boys" at four locations - Kingman, Holbrook, and the Indian Missions of Mayer and Camp Verde - Hageman spent his last years as a priest at Madre de Dios Parish in Winslow. During his lifetime, all of the parishes and missions were in the Diocese of Gallup, NM.
Victims believe this is another case of "priest dumping" - where a cleric accused of abuse is sent to far-regions of a diocese where children are less likely or able to report abuse. Hageman was assigned to remote Northern Arizona parishes and Native American Missions by the Gallup bishop after numerous allegations of abuse, complaints from parishioners, and alcoholism. The complaints span Hageman's entire career.
During the past few years, numerous victims have come forward to name Hageman as their abuser. For more than 70 years, SNAP says, Gallup diocese officials knew about Hageman's felony crimes and stayed silent.
SNAP fears there may be other Hageman victims in Northern New Mexico and on local reservations. They hope to reach out the local tribal leaders to let them know that it is safe for victims to come forward and find healing.
The group is also blasting Gallup Diocese officials who have refused to publicize the allegations and evidence against Hageman. Even though the priest in this case is dead, his victims are still suffering, witnesses may still have information, and enablers can still be exposed for deliberately putting children at risk of abuse.
The documents will be available at the event and online at BishopAccountability.org. Hageman's complete work history is available at http://bishop-accountability.org/priestdb/PriestDBbylastName-H.html.
Hageman’s victims are represented by Phoenix attorney Robert Pastor (602) 266-5557. Hageman died in 1975.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests