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SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Arizona Court of Appeals upholds conviction of priest; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell)

We're grateful that LeBrun's conviction stands and that he remains locked up. That's the only sure way to safeguard kids from predators.

We believe there are others in Indiana who were hurt by LeBrun who are still suffering in shame, silence and self-blame. This court decision, we hope, will inspire them to break their silence and get professional help.

We hope that this ruling brings some measure of comfort to those brave but wounded victims who found the strength to come forward, report crimes, protect others, and warn citizens. They are true heroes for taking risks and preventing abuse. Because of their courage, vulnerable youngsters have been spared devastating pain.

Let's hope that someday Catholic officials in both Arizona and Indiana will have to explain, and face consequences, for their callousness, recklessness and deceit in moving a credibly accused predator priest to unsuspecting parishes with no warning.

(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 21 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 SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688)


http://www.azcentral.com/community/swvalley/articles/2009/07/14/20090714appealdenied-ON.html

Arizona Court of Appeals upholds conviction of priest

by Jim Walsh - Jul. 14, 2009 07:27 PM - The Arizona Republic

The Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed the convictions and sentence of a Roman Catholic priest who was found guilty of sex crimes while he was assigned to parishes in Avondale and Tolleson.

The Rev. Paul LeBrun was found guilty by jurors in 2006 of three counts of sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of child molestation. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Crane McClennen gave LeBrun the maximum sentence of 111 years in prison.

The appellate court found that McClennen correctly decided to try all charges together rather than separately. The charges stemmed from sex acts committed with three boys who ranged in age from 11 to 13 and occurred between 1986 and 1991 at St. John Vianney Church in Avondale and Blessed Sacrament Church in Tolleson.

The Court of Appeals also back McClennen's decision to allow four of LeBrun's Indiana victims to testify during the trial to show a propensity to abuse young boys. LeBrun was assigned to a church in South Bend, Ind., before his transfer to Arizona.


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