AR - Victims applaud jailing of predator

For immediate release:  Tuesday, September 17, 2013

For more information: Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747[email protected])

Victims applaud jailing of predator                  

And they urge judge to harshly sentence her

Today, another ex-Catholic school teacher is in court

She allegedly helped keep child sex crimes against girl hidden

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is praising a Little Rock judge for jailing an admitted child molesting Catholic school teacher who violated her parole by repeatedly contacting her victim.

Judge Barry Sims is holding Kelly O'Rourke behind bars from now until her sentencing hearing on October 28. In January 2013, O'Rourke pled guilty to sexually abusing a Mt. St. Mary's student. O'Rourke taught at the school.

Today, the same judge will hear a case against Kathy Griffin, another Mt. St. Mary teacher who is accused of failing to report known or suspected abuse to authorities.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are again calling on Arkansas' Catholic bishop Anthony Basil Taylor to reach out to anyone else who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by the two teachers or any other Catholic employee in the state.

"We are grateful to every person who helped put O'Rourke behind bars" said Barbara Dorris of SNAP "and we're disappointed that officials at the Little Rock Catholic diocese and at MSM have chosen to do little or nothing to help police or prosecutors

"We believe both teachers could - and should - likely be charged with even more crimes," said David Clohessy of SNAP. "But that will only happen if others with information or suspicions about them will find the courage to step forward."

SNAP, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse with support groups in over 60 cities nationwide.

See letter sent to Bishop Taylor posted here:

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