The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Predator lives at day care center, victims say
They disclose that state officials are investigating
Alleged child molesting cleric was “outed” just weeks ago
“Several sources” tell SNAP he’s in Bristol CT & Otis MA
Groups ask national Catholic panel to denounce archbishop
And they want Hartford Catholic officials to “come clean” about pedophiles
They will also try to hand-deliver a letter to top local church officials about the situation and disclose a letter they’re sending to a national Catholic abuse panel seeking their intervention in the matter.
Last month, SNAP disclosed a previously secret six-page 2009 settlement between the archdiocese and a man who reported being sexually abused 200 times by McGann. Since then, SNAP has heard from numerous sources that McGann, whose whereabouts were unknown, lives at Pumpkin Patch Day Care Center (31 Root Ave., Bristol).
SNAP wrote to the head of the Connecticut Public Health Department urging that her agency look into McGann’s presence at the facility. Late last month, Child Care Licensing Specialist Diana Reyes confirmed that such an investigation has begun. (A copy of her email to SNAP will be provided at the news conference.)
Pumpkin Patch Day Care Center is run by Debra Zakrzewski. In her 2002 bankruptcy filing, she lists McGann on a 1991 Gulfstream Motor Home and claims $269 a week income for cleaning services at a church. (SNAP suspects but cannot prove that it is McGann’s former parish.)
SNAP is urging Hartford Archbishop Henry Mansell to 1) admit McGann was ousted because of credible child sex allegations, 2) put McGann in a secure, remote treatment center so children can be safe and he can get treatment, 3) disclose whether the archdiocese has made other secret settlements involving other child molesting clerics, and 4) beg other McGann victims to call police (so the cleric might be prosecuted).
SNAP has been told that the priest also stays sometimes with his aunt on Lynn Road in Bristol (near Stafford School), owns a trailer he keeps at a Klondike camp in Otis, Massachusetts, drives a silver Chrysler, and now works at H&R Block in the New Britain area. McGann previously worked at St. Gregory the Great Church and at St. Paul’s Catholic School (both in Bristol), before his final clerical position at Our Lady of Mercy in Plainville, Connecticut from 1987-2005.
One concerned citizen told SNAP that he brought concerns, in person and accompanied by a witness, about McGann’s suspicions behavior around children to Mansell’s predecessor, Daniel Cronin, in the mid-1990s. However, despite pledges that "we'll take care of it," no action was apparently taken.
SNAP is also harshly criticizing Mansell and other Hartford church staffers for refusing, for six years, to tell parishioners and the public the reasons for McGann’s ouster.
Finally, SNAP is writing to the National Review Board, a panel picked by America’s bishops to overseeing how prelates deal with abuse cases, asking them to criticize Mansell for his secrecy and misdeeds.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests