The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
Priest arraigned on sexual misconduct charges
Statement by Claudia Vercellotti of SNAP (419 810 5375, 419 350 9234)
It's crucial that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered this priest's crimes call law enforcement immediately. If history is any guide, he'll be given high-priced, aggressive lawyers and will fight hard. So if prosecutors can learn about any other crimes or misconduct he has engaged in, that will 'even the odds' a bit.
Approaching strangers in a public place for sex is often compulsive behavior. It's likely he's done similar crimes in the past and will likely do them again in the future. (Ten years ago, he was arrested in a park for public indecency.) That's why a strong case against him is important.
We urge Toledo's bishop to aggressively reach out to anyone with information about his misconduct as well, using his considerable resources, including the diocesan newspaper, church websites, and parish bulletins.
Contact: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Joelle Casteix (949-322-9434), Barbara Dorris (314 862 7688)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 17 years and have more than 8,000 members across the country. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Local priest posts bond, charged with sexual imposition
Father Frank Murd is charged with one misdemeanor count of sexual impostion.
The judge set a $500 bond which Father Murd posted Wednesday morning.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests