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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, May 22, 2009

Catholic school principal sentenced; clergy 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 legal action will inspire others who saw, suspected or suffered crimes at Ryan to come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoers, protect others and start healing. Every Catholic and citizen who spent time with or near Newman should ask their loved ones "Did he hurt you in any way?" and offer support and consolation to anyone who was victimized.

We feel certain the full truth about clergy sex crimes and cover ups has yet to be exposed at Ryan.

Finally, we hope this outcome will provide some measure of consolation to the brave family of Arthur Baselice and others who endured Newman's awful misdeeds.

(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)

Posted: Friday, 22 May 2009 12:14PM

Fmr. Archbishop Ryan President Gets 3-6 Years

by KYW's Tony Hanson

The former president of Archbishop Ryan High School has been sentenced to prison for stealing from the school.

Father Charles Newman has been sentenced to three to six years in prison. He was taken into custody immediately on Friday morning for stealing over $900-thousand from the school and also the Franciscan Friars.

Authorities allege believe it was hush money for boys he had sexually abused as students.

One of the young men, Arthur Baselice III, later died of a drug overdoes at age 28 after suffering sever psychological problems. His family (pictured) says they are certain this was caused by the abuse. In court they lashed out at Father Newman. Arthur Baselice Jr. says Newman groomed his son for abuse, by plying him with drugs and alcohol. The mother looked over at Newman and called him the face "of a true demon . . the devil." Later, overcome with emotion, she hollered out in court and ran from the courtroom sobbing.

Newman admits that he had sex with Arthur Baselice III, but claims it was after he had turned 18.

Father Newman was not charged with sexual assault because the statute of limitations had run out in connection with Arthur Baselice III. And although authorities say there were other victims of sexual assault at the hands of Father Newman, they say none of those people came forward.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests