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Victims to leaflet HB church where predators worked

Two priests from the parish will go on trial for sex abuse

SNAP: “Church officials knew of the danger, but did nothing to protect kids”

Sex abuse and cover-up documents about the parish to be released this summer

“If you have seen or suspected abuse, please call law enforcement,” SNAP urges

What:
As Catholic parishioners come and go from Mass, victims of sexual abuse will hand out leaflets urging them to:

- - Learn about two upcoming sex abuse trials involving priests from the parish,

- - Report any information they may have on abusive clerics who worked at the church here,

- - Encourage victims of the two abusers who worked at the parish to come forward and report abuse to law enforcement, NOT church officials, and

- - Ask them to read the hundreds of pages of long-secret church sex abuse cover-up documents that will be released later this summer.

Where:
Outside of Sts. Simon & Jude Parish, 20444 Magnolia Street (at Indianapolis) in Huntington Beach, CA

When:
Sunday, June 26, 9 am to 11:30 am

Who:
3-5 survivors of sexual abuse and their supporters who are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (www.SNAPnetwork.org), the nation's largest support group for men and women who have been sexually abused in religious organizations.

Why:
This summer, two child sex abuses trials are scheduled in Orange County Superior Court. They involve two priests who worked at Saints Simon and Jude Parish in Huntington Beach.

Both priests, Fr. Gus Krumm and Fr. Alexander Manville, are members of the Franciscan order. They have been accused of sexually abusing two brothers under the guise of giving them medical exams.

According to court documents and press reports, Franciscans officials had known since 1982 that Krumm molested boys at a Santa Barbara seminary and had paid a settlement to at least of those victims in the1990s. http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/spe/2002/bishops/stories/080802dnproorder.481a6.html. Both Krumm and Manville worked at St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara during the era that a 1993 independent report found that ten priests and one priest-in-training abused kids. Krumm was one of the abusive priests named in the report.

Diocese of Orange officials claim to have learned of the allegations in 1996, but waited two years before transferring Krumm out of state. They did not tell parishioners at Sts. Simon and Jude. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/diocese-school-krumm-2459723-lawsuit-abuse. Manville was Krumm’s supervisor at the parish for roughly six years.

In 1998, Krumm was quickly moved to a Portland church and then to a Sacramento parish. He was finally removed after Sacramento parishioners learned of the allegations and demanded his removal. Around that same time, he admitted to "indiscretions from the 1970s to early 1980s." http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/spe/2002/bishops/stories/080802dnproorder.481a6.html. Krumm has since been defrocked and lives in the Sacramento area.

This is the first abuse case against Manville. Manville has admitted stealing money from parish collections to buy alcohol and was sent to treatment in 1987. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2011/01_02/2011_01_20_OrangeCountyRegister_BrotherJoins.htm. His current whereabouts are unknown, although it has been reported that Manville still lives at the parish.

Earlier this year, the California Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of the Franciscans to keep secret hundreds of pages of sex abuse and cover-up documents. The documents, which may implicate both Krumm and Manville, are expected to be made public later this summer.

Accused molester Fr. Gary Pacheco also lived and worked at Sts. Simon and Jude from 1975 to 1985.

Contact:
Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, SNAP California Director (949) 322-7434 cell
Barb Dorris of St. Louis, MO, SNAP Outreach Director (314) 503-0003


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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