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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, May 22, 2009

3 more names added to Davenport church abuse list; Sex abuse victims respond

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)

We hope this information will inspire others who saw, suspected or suffered these clerics' crimes to come forward and get help. Every Catholic and citizen who spent time with or near these predators should ask their loved ones "Did he hurt you in any way?" and offer support and consolation to anyone who was victimized.

Church officials owe it to parishioners and the public to promptly disclose predators' names and whereabouts, instead of 'saving up' this crucial information and releasing it at a time that's most convenient for the bishop.

We feel certain the full truth about clergy sex crimes and cover ups has yet to be exposed in the Davenport Diocese.

Embrich was suspended for credible abuse allegations in 1988:

(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 20 years and have more than 9,000 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

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747)

3 more names added to Davenport church abuse list

Associated Press - 10:14 AM CDT, May 22, 2009

DES MOINES, Iowa - Three more names have been added to the Diocese of Davenport's list of credible cases of child sexual abuse by priests.

The diocese added William Kerrigan, James Lawrence and Daniel Emrich to the list Thursday, bringing to 31 the number of priests and brothers named by the diocese.

Kerrigan was removed from the priesthood in 1975. He died in 1988.

He served at St. Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church in Ottumwa in 1941 and at the now-closed St. Mary's in Eddyville.

Lawrence also is deceased. He served in Iowa City, Knoxville, Eddyville, Fort Madison, Clinton, Bryant, Oxford and Davenport.

Emrich was a brother in the Franciscan Brothers of Christ the King.

Spokesman David Montgomery says these are the last reviewed by a diocese board.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests