The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Priest Accused of Stealing $1 Million for Sordid Life Surrenders; SNAP responds
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)
Let's hope Fr. Gray's crimes only involved consenting adults. We hope that anyone who saw, suspected or suffered from his misdeeds will call police immediately, so that the truth might be fully revealed and that both the cleric and anyone who ignored or enabled his wrongdoing will be punished.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 22 years and have more than 9,000 members. 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), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)
Priest Accused of Stealing $1 Million for Sordid Life Surrenders
By YVONNE NAVA
A Waterbury priest accused of living a double life filled with male escorts and designer clothes has turned himself in to police.
Rev. Kevin Gray, 64, has been accused of taking more than $1 million dollars from Sacred Heart Church and turned himself on Tuesday.
Gray lived a lavish lifestyle complete with designer Armani clothes and overnight stays at Madison Avenue hotels, the Waterbury Republican-American reports. Police say records show seven years of the elaborate expenses.
Gray cut checks from the church bank account to hire male escorts and pay for the pricey duds, the paper reports. In some cases, he was known to drop hundreds of thousands of dollars at fancy restaurants, such as Tavern on the Green.
Police also say Gray told his congregation he had cancer, but they say that's not true either.
"I think that's how he explained his absence from the parish," Capt. Christopher Corbett, a police spokesman, told the paper.
Parishioners said Gray was a well-respected Catholic priest and former leader of several city parishes.
Gray has been charged with first-degree larceny. He will be arraigned on Tuesday.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests