The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Thursday, August 20, 2009
Predator priest disciplined; Sex abuse victims respond
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)
While we're grateful this predator apparently won't function as a priest again, we worry about unsuspecting families and children who live near him now. We're disappointed he remains a priest, because that status is precisely what enabled him to get close to kids and violate them.
For the sake of public safety, it's crucial that Maine's Catholic bishop publicly disclose where he lives now and reaches out aggressively to find and help others who he has hurt.
Even though he hasn't been convicted and some of his crimes date back a few years, we suspect it's still possible that this priest could face criminal charges. All across the country, law enforcement officials are becoming more creative, persistent and successful in pursuing older sex crimes. We hope that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered this cleric's crimes will find the courage to call police, get help, start recovering and protect others.
(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), Mary Grant (626-419-2930), Mark Serrano (703-727-4940)
Vatican agrees with punishment for Maine priest
By The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine — The Vatican has confirmed the discipline imposed by the Diocese of Portland on a Roman Catholic priest twice accused of sexual improprieties.
The Rev. Michael Doucette will be allowed to retain the title of priest, but he won’t be able to present himself as a priest, wear clerical garb or have a public ministry.
Doucette was removed from the public ministry in 1991 after an abuse victim came forward and was allowed to resume his ministry a year later after treatment. He was removed permanently in 2002 after another victim reported he made sexual advances before his treatment in 1991.
Doucette served nine locations, all in northern Maine. He still lives in Maine, but his hometown isn’t known. Because he wasn’t convicted, he isn’t on the state’s sex offender registry.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests