The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Friday, November 13, 2009
Bizarre evangelist gets maximum sentence; 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)
This is a long-overdue day of validation, closure, healing and justice for deeply wounded victims of this bizarre predatory preacher.
Let's hope anyone who suspected or knew of Alamo's crimes, and kept silent about them or concealed them, will also be brought to justice.
And let's hope that his victims will get adequate restitution and, more important, some peace of mind because of the justice system and their own courage and persistence. We applaud them for cooperating with law enforcement and helping to get a dangerous man away from kids.
(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), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Peter Isely (414-429-7259), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688)
Tony Alamo Sentenced To 175 Years In Prison
posted 11/13/09 11:09 am
Texarkana, AR - Evangelist Tony Alamo has been sentenced to 175 years in federal prison for child sex convictions.
Alamo was sentenced Friday in Texarkana for convictions on a 10-count indictment for taking children across state lines for sex.
U.S. District Judge Harry F. Barnes listened to testimony from three of Alamo's child "brides" before giving Alamo the maximum time allowed by federal guidelines. He told Alamo that he will one day face "a greater judge," and said "may (God) have mercy on your soul."
Another hearing is set for Jan. 13 to determine whether Alamo's victims will get restitution.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests