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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Saturday, January 29, 2011
More charges v. Stockton predator? SNAP responds
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)
We’re elated O’Grady may face more charges. He’s clearly a dangerous man who belongs behind bars.
This is another opportunity for California’s bishops to make a public call for victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to come forward. The more prosecutors know about O’Grady’s crimes, the better chance they’ll have of jailing him for a long time. Catholic bishops can do nothing or they can step up and help. Let’s hope they find the courage to lend a hand to law enforcement, instead of sitting passively by on the sidelines.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. Founded in 1988, we now 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, firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
Irish state consider further charges against pedophile Oliver O’Grady
By CATHY HAYES
IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
Published Saturday, January 29, 2011, 9:23 AM
State lawyers have confirmed that they are considering further charges against the defrocked pedophile priest Oliver O’Grady.
Currently O’Grady is living in Citi Hostel, Charlemont Street, Dublin. He has been remanded on bail for bail for another four weeks awaiting instructions from the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP).
Currently he is accused of the possession of pornographic image on USB keys and a hard drive at Citi Hostel, on December 10 last year. He appeared in court this week and has now been remanded for four week.
Judge Cormac Dunne has confirmed that the 65-year-old defrocked priest could receive further charges.
O’Grady confessed to molesting up to 25 children in the United States. He was charged with the molestation of two brothers between 1978 and 1991.
However, during an interview for the award-winning documentary “Deliver Us From Evil,” he confessed to having molested up to 25 children.
His acts cost the Stockton diocese millions in settlement claims from sexual abuse lawsuits.
In 1993, he went to prison to serve a 14-year-sentence for his crimes. He was released after six years and deported to Ireland.
He will appear in court on February 25 for further direction from the DPP.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests