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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release
SNAP statement on the pre-trial hearing of Dan Clark
Ann Brentwood of Knoxville, SNAP Southeast Regional Director 865 607 6119 (contact person)
Sex Abuse Victims Want Pedophile Priest Kept Away from Children
Court Hearing Will Be Held in Shepherdsville (Bullitt County) Tomorrow
It Concerns Once Convicted Molester Who’s Getting A New Trial
Support Group Praises Prosecutors For Trying Again To Prosecute Predator
SNAP Urges Anyone Who "Saw, Suspected or Suffered" Clark's Crimes to Come Forward
Leaders of a support group for clergy sex abuse victims are hoping that a sexually abusive Louisville Catholic priest will move one step closer to prosecution tomorrow when a pre-trial court hearing is held on his case in Shepherdsville.
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, wants former cleric Daniel C. Clark to be locked up after a retrial. His child molestation conviction was overturned in May by the Kentucky Supreme Court.
“We support the courageous victims who have once again come forward in another attempt to have this predator removed from any opportunity to continue abusing children,” said Ann Brentwood of Knoxville, SNAP Southeastern Regional Director.
“We know their brave efforts to find justice often subject them to brutal hard ball tactics of church attorneys. We applaud them for their strength and also the Commonwealth Attorney, Mike Mann, who continues to seek the protection of children.”
On Wednesday, a few SNAP volunteers plan to attend the hearing.
Nineteen victims sued Clark and the Louisville archdiocese in civil cases. Clark was defrocked in 2004.
“This is clearly a serial pedophile who needs to be behind bars,” said David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP’s National Director. “The bishop should use his vast resources - church websites, parish bulletins, and pulpit announcements - to prod anyone who saw, suspected or suffered Clark's crimes to contact law enforcement immediately.”
“It is imperative that Clark be strictly monitored and constantly supervised or children will not be safe,” Brentwood emphasized. “We expect and strongly urge Archbishop Kurtz to support all efforts to have this predator added to the registry of offenders and to see that he is kept from access to children.”
SNAP strongly encourages anyone who has seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes, by Clark, or any other priest, to contact police officials.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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