WV--SNAP responds: Former WJ coach charged with sex crimes
For immediate release: Friday, Feb 19, 2016
Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com
A former assistant coach at Wheeling Jesuit University and YMCA counselor has been charged of sex crimes against a minor We hope that
--anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes will call law enforcement immediately,
--officials at the YMCA and at Wheeling Jesuit – along with Bishop Michael J. Bransfield - will aggressively seek out other possible victims, witnesses and whistleblowers.
Maqsood Harrington is accused of sex crimes against a 17-year-old girl at the YMCA, We fear he may have hurt others at Wheeling Jesuit and St. Clairsville High School.
We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Harrington will find the strength to call police, expose wrongdoers and protect kids.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has 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 )
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, email@example.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@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.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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