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Accused 2 Decades Ago and Returned to Ministry, SF Priest Faces New Allegations

>>>>Full Story By NBC Bay Area here>>> Fr. Daniel Carter was accused back in 2002 of sexually abusing a Redwood City social worker when she was a child. The Archbishop at the time called the allegations "unfounded" and returned Carter to ministry. He continued to work at least into 2021. Now, six new accusers have come forward. By Michael Bott, Candice Nguyen and Jeremy Carroll • Published May 25, 2023 • Updated 2 hours ago When Danielle Lacampagne came forward 21 years ago to report being sexually molested as a child by San Francisco priest Fr. Daniel Carter, she believed his days as a clergyman were numbered.  Turns out she was wrong.  The following year, in 2003, former San Francisco Archbishop William Levada declared Lacampagne’s allegations to be “unfounded.” Carter was returned to ministry and continued to work as a priest over the ensuing two decades. Now, all these years after Lacampagne’s original accusations, six new alleged victims, both men and women, have come forward about Carter. They accuse the longtime priest in separate lawsuits of sexually abusing them as children at different moments in his career, between the 1970s and 2000.

Former Dubuque Priest Faces Second Allegation of Abuse

(For Immediate Release May 25, 2023)  An accusation of child sexual abuse against a Florida Catholic priest has been recently deemed to carry a "semblance of truth," by the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The cleric, Fr. Leo P. Riley, worked in 16 Iowa parishes following his ordination in 1982. He was transferred to the Diocese of Venice in 2002. While the current complaint about Fr. Riley was apparently received on May 5th of this year, another accusation was brought to the Archdiocese of Dubuque in 2014.  That victim filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese the following year. The Archdiocesan Review Board initially deemed that accusation as “not manifestly false or frivolous.” (Page 5) However, several months later Archbishop Michael O. Jackels announced that his investigation did not find the complaint to be true and Fr. Riley resumed working in a parish in Florida.  

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul Releases Clergy Investigation Report; SNAP Reacts

(For Immediate Release May 23, 2023)  On Friday afternoon, all six of Illinois’ Catholic dioceses sent out a sudden press statement, written in concert, that describes the policies and procedures each institution has in place to protect children from abuse. With today’s news, we now know why those Church leaders felt the need to remind parents and parishioners about these policies – because thanks to the work of the investigators at the Illinois Attorney General’s office, it is now apparent to us that those policies are weak, vague, and rarely followed. In a stunning report, A.G. Kwame Raoul’s office has described the ways that Catholic leaders in every diocese in the state have acted in concert to protect abusive priests, to keep the public from learning about those crimes, and to push back on survivors and their loved ones who came forward in hopes of preventing other cases of abuse.  According to the report, more than 450 priests have abused nearly 2000 children in Illinois since 1950. These numbers are at once staggering and, unfortunately, likely an undercount.  

Diocese of Sacramento once again quietly removes priest for 'inappropriate conduct.' SNAP Responds

(For Immediate Release May 22, 2023)  On May 19th, the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento once again quietly announced on its website the removal of a cleric for “inappropriate conduct.” Bishop Jaime Soto said that  Fr. Sijo Chirayath was found to have “violated diocesan policy regarding clergy conduct” with an adult man.  The priest no longer has an assignment nor does he have faculties in the Diocese, and he was asked to return to his order, the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) in India, on Friday. We applaud the Diocese for removing Fr. Chirayath and for posting this information on its website. We hope that the parents of students at St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo, where the priest worked as a chaplain, was immediately alerted when the accusations were first received on April 26th, and have now been apprised of the outcome of the investigation.

SNAP to hold Sidewalk Press Conference in Baltimore

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) will speak about the new revelations thatidentify many of the redactions that were made in the Attorney Genera’s report on the Child SexualAbuse in the Archdiocese of Maryland WHAT: A sidewalk news conference, abuse survivors and advocates who are part of SNAP, the SurvivorsNetwork of those Abused by Priests, will speak about the information revealed by the two majornewspapers in Baltimore. We know that several of the officials were completely complicit incovering up and enabling abusers. WHEN: Monday, May 8th at 11:30 am WHERE: In front of the Archdiocese of Baltimore office, 320 Cathedral St. Baltimore, MD 21201WHO: 7-10 abuse survivors and advocates, including the Maryland SNAP Leader David Lorenz, whowants to see church officials remove any and all priests who knowingly mislead victims or enabledabusers to continue harming children by their actions or lack of action.

SNAP writes abusers names on sidewalk

SNAP writes abusers names on sidewalk Victims group wants five more predators exposed Group says they should be listed on church website Four of them are alive; three likely still live in this area SNAP blasts bishop: “Your secrecy is endangering kids” Diocese now has almost 50 publicly accused clergy molesters

Victim Survivors and Advocates Applaud Maryland Attorney General Report and Passage of Child Victims Act

(Media Advisory for April 7, 2023)  Victims applaud the release of the Maryland Attorney General Report They also announce the passage of the Child Victim’s Act (CVA) Demand that the Church add the 30 new names in the AG to their list and stop using hair-splitting distinctions to avoid being transparent Demand that the Church provide the assignment history, last known location, and employment of perpetrators listed in the AG report Demand that the Church stop fighting the constitutionality of the CVA   WHAT: Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will announce the passage of the CVA along with the release of the scathing Attorney General report.  , -- Demand that the Archdiocese explain their recklessness and continued secrecy in not listing the 30 newly named perpetrators. -- Celebrate the passage of the CVA and look forward to having it signed by the Governor of Maryland. -- Demand that the Archdiocese of Baltimore provides work and assignment history for each of the perps listed in the report, their last known location as well      as whether they know if the perp is still living. -- Demand that the dioceses of Washington DC and Wilmington, DE publicly release the information that they have given to the AG.  WHEN: Friday, April 7th at 11:00 AM.     


Take Action and Stop Child Sexual Abuse

If you see child sexual abuse, or have a reasonable suspicion of sexual abuse or your child has been sexually abused, call 911 or your local police immediately. 

If you suspect abuse, call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or visit the Child Help Hotline. Trained crisis operators staff the lines 24/7 to answer your questions. If necessary, they will show you how to report in your local area.

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