The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Thursday, July 29, 2010
Clergy sex victims applaud arrest of AZ clergy
Statement by Barbara Dorris, outreach director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003)
We applaud Phoenix secular authorities for arresting these clergy.
All too often, adults ignore suspicions or knowledge of child sex crimes. These adults should be punished harshly. Kids are assaulted when grownups stay quiet about predators.
We can't really deter pedophiles. They're often sick and driven individuals who won't stop because of possible penalties. But penalties can deter adults who see or suspect child sex crimes but do nothing. So in these cases, we favor the strongest punishment possible. Our society must send a strong signal that enabling child sex crimes is almost as wrong as committing child sex crimes.
(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), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747 cell), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)
Phoenix dad accused of molesting daughters; 2 pastors arrested for not reporting abuseby Jennifer Thomas
Posted on July 28, 2010 at 2:43 PM
Updated yesterday at 6:34 PM
PHOENIX -- Phoenix police arrested a man for allegedly molesting his two daughters and two pastors were arrested for not reporting the abuse to authorities.
According to Phoenix police Detective James Holmes, a 16-year-old girl told a neighbor that her father had been molesting her for several years. The neighbor confronted the man, who reportedly admitted he knew what he did was wrong.
azfamily.com is not releasing the father's name to protect the victims' identities.
The neighbor and victim contacted Phoenix police officers. The teen reported at least one instance of sexual intercourse and several acts of sexual contact over nearly five years.
Detectives learned the victim's older sister, now 19 years old, had also been molested by the suspect, which caused her to move out when she turned 18.
Holmes said the suspect admitted to numerous counts of sexual abuse with both victims. On July 9, he was arrested and charged with one count of sexual abuse, two counts of child molestation and 11 counts of sexual conduct with a minor.
During interviews with the victims and witnesses, detectives learned that in 2008, the older victim told her pastors, Daniel and Laura McCluskey, that she was being touched inappropriately by her father.
Holmes said the conversation occurred at the Church on the Word at 83rd Avenue and Camelback Road in Glendale and included the two pastors, the 19-year-old victim and the suspect.
Holmes said the suspect admitted going into the victim's room at night and touching her. The pastors told the victim that because the father was repentant, she should forgive him and restore their relationship
After this conversation, the suspect stopped sexually abusing the older victim but reportedly continued sexually abusing the younger sister.
Based on the pastors’ failure to report the abuse, Holmes said the younger sister continued to be sexually abused for the next one to two years.
As mandatory reporters under Arizona Revised Statue, Holmes said the pastors had a duty to report to CPS and/or law enforcement that this was occurring.
The pastors were both arrested Tuesday and booked on one count each of failure to report sexual abuse.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests