Survivors Network of
those Abused by Priests
Lifting of Nevada Priest's Probation
For Immediate Release
August 26, 2004
Sex Abuse Victims Dismayed Over Lifting of Formal
Statement by Tom Bara of Las Vegas,
SNAP Nevada Director (702) 461-3513
We're terribly upset by this decision and the secretive way it
made, with no consulting or even notifying the victims or their
It is hurtful to these already wounded people and to all victims
Father Mark Roberts is a sex offender and a serial child molester.
belongs in prison.
Short of that, he should be in a locked facility, supervised by
independent, trained prison professionals in Nevada, not at a "country
club" supervised by priests in Missouri.
One of his victims is a college student very near the so-called
"treatment center" where he now lives. Where's the compassion
victim? Picture the victim at a bowling alley with his friends.
Suddenly, the perpetrator (out on a "pass" or a recreational
shows up at the same bowling alley. The victim will be revictimized
retraumatized, even though he may never actually come in contact
The Judge had the whole United States to send Fr. Roberts to for
treatment. By making this risky and insensitive move, the Judge
Roberts' victim to psychological imprisonment.
We call upon Nevada officials to investigate how this decision
and, for the sake of public safety and justice, to reverse it.
(SNAP, a support group, was founded in 1988 in Chicago. It now has
than 4,600 members in virtually every state, and monthly support
meetings in 54 cities.)
For more information:
David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP National Director (314) 566-9790
Barbara Blaine of Chicago, SNAP President (312) 399-4747 cell
Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, SNAP Outreach Coordinator (314) 862-7688