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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Settlement reached in diocese case; sex abuse victims respond

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director 314-862-7688

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

We hope this settlement helps Tom gain some healing and closure. (Settlement reached in diocese case) We also hope that it inspires others who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Krantz or others at Catholic schools to come forward and get help.

When victims and witnesses stay silent, nothing changes. But when they find the courage and strength to come forward, as Tom has bravely done, at least there's a chance for healing, justice, and prevention.

(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 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

David Clohessy, SNAP National Director 314 566 9790

Settlement reached in diocese case

Josh Verges, Argus Leader • June 9, 2009

A former O'Gorman High School student who accused a teacher of sexual abuse has resolved his federal lawsuit against the Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese.

The diocese reached a deal with 54-year-old Tom Gust during a mediation conference last week in Sioux Falls before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Simko, court records show.

Gust, who now lives in California, accused typing teacher Bob Krantz of forcing himself on Gust in a supply room in 1970 after keeping him after school, court documents state. Gust said school staff hid the abuse and expelled him from school.

Gust said he repressed memories of the incident until 2005, when he learned about dozens more allegations while surfing the diocese Web site.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests