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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Statement on seven abusers who have quietly moved to Las Vegas
Statement by Rita Prince
With no subpoena powers or church whistleblowers or special talent or massive effort, our group has found seven Catholic priests who have molested elsewhere, then moved here to Las Vegas.
We suspect there are others, maybe dozens of others.
Here’s who we’ve found right now.
The one we’re most worried about is Fr. Krumm. Just last week, he was sued for molesting a child. Krumm is just 55 years old and his church supervisors won’t disclose where he’s living now. Besides Las Vegas, Krumm has worked in four other dioceses: one in Oregon (Portland) and three in California ( Sacramento Los Angeles, Orange). In 2002, when he resigned in Oregon, he admitted “some indiscretions.”
We believe that he has molested children recently enough that he can be criminally prosecuted. We urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to come forward, get help and call police. But we especially urge those who have information about Krumm’s crimes to speak up, so that others can be protected.
These seven priests are important for several reasons.
First, some of them may still be in Las Vegas.
Second, some of them may be around kids today.
Third, we suspect there are other priests who’ve molested elsewhere and are here now.
Fourth, as we all know, changing locations or job titles does not cure predators.
Fifth, we’re not aware of a church housing or treatment center for predator priests here. So if any of these dangerous and potentially dangerous men are still in Las Vegas, it’s unlikely they’re being supervised.
Finally, there may be one, or a dozen, or two dozen men and women who were molested here by one of these seven priests. Those victims are likely suffering in shame, silence and self blame. They may well feel very alone. They deserve outreach, healing, and truth telling.
So what’s the solution? In light of predator priests coming here, what should be done?
First, victims and witnesses must call police officials, not church officials, to report abuse.
Second, Bishop Pepe must disclose the names of any proven, admitted, or credibly accused pedophile priests who work here or have worked here, or who live here or who have worked here
Third, Bishop Pepe should permanently post this information on his diocesan website.
Fourth, Bishop Pepe should insist that these men live in independent, professionally-run centers so that they can get therapy and so that kids can be safeguarded.
1. Fr. Gus Krumm
Worked at St. James the Apostle Church 1940 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. in Las Vegas in the 1980s
2. Fr. Theodore Anthony Geerts
Worked at St. Bridget in Las Vegas in 1991-92.
3. Fr. Edmund Boyle
Pled guilty in 1987 to exposing himself to a mentally retarded 12 year old at a Nevada hospital where he was a chaplain
4. Fr. Theodore Meisner
Worked at St. Christopher’s parish in Las Vegas I (1984).
5. Fr. Robert A. Bowling
Worked at Our Lady of Las Vegas (1970 - 1972)
6. James Beine (a.k.a. Mar James) from St. Louis MO
Lived in Las Vegas as of 2007
7. James Patrick Feeney from Milwaukee WI.
Complaint made in Las Vegas
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
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