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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, May 10, 2010

Post Falls, Idaho priest on leave amid misconduct allegation; SNAP responds

Statement by David Clohessy Executive Director 314 566 9790

It’s highly suspect that a priest has been suspended twice for alleged offenses, one of which is child sexual abuse.

We hope Idaho Catholic officials will work hard to find others who were hurt by Gould and who could, by contacting police, perhaps get this possible criminal charged, convicted and jailed.

The only prudent assumption is that if Gould likely molested once, he probably molested others. So church officials should focus on prodding victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call police immediately.

We call on Bishop Driscoll to personally visit each parish where this priest worked, and beg anyone with information to call police officials, not church officials.

SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s largest and oldest support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse. Founded in 1988, SNAP has over 9,000 members.

Contact:
David Clohessy, 314 566 9790, snapclohessy@aol.com
Barbara Blaine, 312 399 4747, snapblaine@gmail.com
Barbara Dorris 314 862 7688, snapdorris@gmail.com

Idaho priest on after sex misconduct allegations

- The Associated Press Published: 05/10/10

BOISE, Idaho — The Catholic Church placed a priest in northern Idaho on administrative leave after an allegation of sexual misconduct with a male under 18 dating back to 1981 in Idaho Falls.

The Idaho Statesman reports the Rev. William R. Gould was placed on leave on May 4.

Bishop Michael Driscoll made the announcement recently at St. George's Catholic Church in Post Falls, which Gould has led.

Gould was ordained in 1965.

Administrative leave means he can't function publicly as a Catholic priest, can't wear a priest collar and is forbidden from publicly celebrating mass.

The bishop says he is following procedures for handling the allegations laid out by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

A phone call to Diocese of Boise spokesman Michael Brown wasn't returned to The Associated Press.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/05/10/1187239/idaho-priest-on-after-sex-misconduct.html

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/may/10/post-falls-priest-leave-amid-misconduct-allegation/

May 10, 2010

Post Falls priest on leave amid misconduct allegation

Associated Press

The Catholic Church placed a priest in North Idaho on administrative leave after an allegation of sexual misconduct with a male under 18 dating back to 1981 in Idaho Falls.

The Idaho Statesman reports the Rev. William R. Gould was placed on leave on May 4.

Bishop Michael Driscoll made the announcement recently at St. George’s Catholic Church in Post Falls, which Gould has led.

Gould was ordained in 1965.

It’s not the first time he’s been placed on leave. The Diocese of Boise granted Gould’s request for leave in 2005 amid allegations of sexual misconduct, according to a Spokesman-Review article.

A diocese spokeswoman at the time said that Gould had done nothing illegal. The Post Falls Police Department was told of Gould’s 2005 suspension, but was assured by the diocese that it was not a criminal matter, meaning no youths were involved, according to Lt. Greg McLean.

Administrative leave means Gould can’t function publicly as a Catholic priest, can’t wear a priest collar and is forbidden from publicly celebrating mass.

The bishop says he is following procedures for handling the latest allegations laid out by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

A phone call to Diocese of Boise spokesman Michael Brown wasn’t returned to the Associated Press.


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