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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Serial IL predator priest soon gets out of jail; SNAP responds
Statement by David Clohessy, executive director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home)
Campobello is a young, healthy and dangerous predator. Given the chance, he will almost certainly molest again.
There’s really just one hope now: that others who saw, suspected or suffered Campobello’s crimes will call police and start prosecuting him for other crimes. We’re confident more victims are out there. It’s just a question of them finding the courage to contact law enforcement so that other kids will be spared years of torment.
Law enforcement officials are to be commended for jailing Campobello for his parole violations. Often, it seems that overworked and under-funded police just aren’t able to effectively monitor convicted predators once they are released from prison. But in this case at least, authorities apparently watched this pedophile closely, caught him breaking his restrictions, and locked him up again. That course of action – jailing known predators – is sadly the only way to really safeguard kids from them.
(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 across the globe. 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)
Contacts: 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)
Jailed former priest to be released from prison
Former Aurora and Geneva priest Mark Campobello is scheduled to be released from prison later this month, after being jailed for the past year on a technical parole violation.
Campobello is scheduled to be released from the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln on July 28, state officials said Wednesday.
Campobello was imprisoned for three years and eight months after pleading guilty in 2004 to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 1999, while he lived at the rectory of St. Peter's Church in Geneva.
He also pleaded guilty to molesting a 15-year-old girl while she was a student at Aurora Central Catholic High School in 1999 and 2000, while he served as assistant principal at the school.
When Campobello was released from prison in February 2008, he was scheduled to be on parole for four years and had to register as a sex offender.
In April 2008, he was reimprisoned on a technical parole violation. He had a certain route he had to follow to go to work from his home. He was found guilty of violating that parole condition when he stopped to get gas, a cup of coffee and a haircut outside the approved route.
In April 2009, Campobello had been living in McHenry County, but had to move out of his house.
Because he did not have a permanent residence, he was again found to be in violation of his parole.
Campobello was expelled from the priesthood by the Vatican in 2005 while he was in prison. The Rockford Diocese later issued an apology to Campobello's two female victims, who are now adults, and settled a lawsuit brought by the two women for $2.2 million.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests