TX- Accused rapist given Cathedral job
For immediate release: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
San Angelo Bishop Michael Sis has quietly put Fr. Steven E. Hicks on the job at Sacred Heart Cathedral, despite the fact that Fr. Hicks was accused of attempted rape.
In 2012 Fr. Hicks was suspended from his position at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA after allegations of sexual abuse were made by a sailor in the United States Navy. His victim was later granted a restraining order after Fr. Hicks allegedly threatened him.
We suspect the bishop warned no one about the allegations against Fr. Hicks. We urge Bishop Sis to immediately reverse this action and remove Fr. Hicks. We also urge him to immediately reach out to victims and witnesses using his vast resources.
We urge anyone who saw, suspects or suffered crimes by Fr. Hicks to come forward and report to police.
(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 25 years and have more than 20,000 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)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
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