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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Former Catholic school teacher charged with sex offenses: SNAP responds
Statement by Becky Ianni, Washington DC SNAP Leader, 703 801 6044 SNAPVirginia@cox.net
We applaud this brave young victim. He found the courage to come forward and report to the police his sexual abuse by Michel Rosenzweig, a former DC area Catholic teacher. We hope his actions will encourage others who may have been harmed by Rosenzweig to come forward and begin to heal.
Often, in these cases, other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers sit back, confident that police and prosecutors will prevail. But predators often get top notch lawyers, exploit legal loopholes, and escape consequences. That’s the last thing that should happen here. So it’s crucial that anyone with information or suspicions about Rosenzweig contact law enforcement immediately.
When heinous crimes are exposed, we can’t just sit around in shock. We must take action to jail wrongdoers and help victims.
According to the Washington Post, Rosenzweig, worked at St. John Evangelist School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Archbishop Wuerl, his church staff and members should aggressively seek out others who may have been harmed by Rosenzweig. They should urge anyone who knows anything – however old, slight or seemingly insignificant – to share that knowledge with police and prosecutors. And Wuerl himself should personally visit the school where Rosenzweig worked and beg victims and witnesses to speak up, get help, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect kids and start healing.
(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 23 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, firstname.lastname@example.org), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
Man charged in 2003 sex offenses with 10-year-old
By Dan Morse
A 52-year-old Germantown man with a history of working with autistic children was charged with five counts of sexual offenses for allegedly touching a 10-year-old boy in a shower five times in 2003, Montgomery County police said Tuesday.
Michel Rosenzweig was released on bond Tuesday after being locked up on the charges two da
ys prior, according to online court records.
“He seems like a well-grounded man,” said Steven Kupferberg, his attorney, who declined to comment further, saying he had not seen details of the police allegations against his client.
The boy, now 18, contacted detectives last month after seeing Rosenzweig recently with several children he thought to be autistic. Police said Rosenzweig touched the boy when he was 10 and in the shower at a community pool in Germantown.
Police said Rosenzweig worked at local schools in the past, including St. John Evangelist School in Silver Spring, Stedwick Elementary School, Neelsville Middle School and Lakelands Park Middle School from 2006 to 2007. More recently, he worked at Maxim Health Care in Towson, an organization that provides behavioral services to children, police said.
Police said they are looking for additional victims and asked that anyone with information about Rosenzweig call Detective John Reinikka at 240-773-5400.
[This post has been updated.]
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests