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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, December 3, 2010

Houston Catholic priest arrested; SNAP responds

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

This kind of sexual misconduct is often indicative of deeper compulsions. It’s possible then, perhaps even likely, that Fr. Maullon has engaged in other sexual misdeeds. So we believe that Catholic officials should be publicly urging anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered any crimes by Maullon to call police officials or any misconduct to call church officials.

Asking for prayers for an accused man is fine. Asking possible victims and witnesses to call police is even better.

(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 10,000 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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, peterisely@yahoo.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/new/7322852.html

Priest accused of lewdness at adult video store

By DALE LEZON - Copyright 2010 HOUSTON CHRONICLE - Dec. 3, 2010

A local priest has been given a leave of absence from ministerial duties after he was arrested at a adult video store in southeast Houston Wednesday night.

Alberto A. Maullon, pastor of St. Paul The Apostle Catholic Church in Nassua Bay, is charged with public lewdness, a misdemeanor, according to the Houston Police Department.

He is free on $1,000 bond.

Police said Maullon was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday inside Big City Adult Video at 10105 Gulf Freeway. He allegedly exposed himself to an undercover agent, who was part of sting operation involving sexually oriented businesses, police said.

Officials with the Archdiocese of Houston-Galveston said Maullon requested and has been granted a leave of absence from his duties at his church.

An e-mail from the diocese to the media stated "The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston was greatly saddened to learn of the arrest of Father Alberto Maullon, who has been pastor at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Houston since 2002. Father Maullon has expressed deep sorrow for any pain or hurt caused by this event and has requested and been granted a leave of absence from his ministerial duties.

"I ask you to join me in praying for St. Paul Parish and for Father Maullon as he addresses these very personal challenges with his priesthood," Daniel Cardinal DiNardo said. "May the healing power of God be with all those impacted by this news."

dale.lezon@chron.com


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