AZ- Phoenix bishop should warn flock re predator SNAP responds

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 23

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell,

In what an expert calls a “highly unusual move,” a predator priest - who has quietly been living in Phoenix and is licensed to teach in Arizona - is seeking $450,000 in “back pay,” from his Catholic supervisors.

Fr. Marvin T. Knighton was tried on two child sexual abuse charges in Milwaukee in 2003. The statute of limitation had expired on one of the charges. Knighton was acquitted on the other charge.

But Milwaukee Catholic officials dismissed him because they found at least two of his four victims credible.

Knighton is believed to be at (623) 476-5261, 29433 N 22nd Ave. in Phoenix. He is believed to be licensed to teach in Arizona.

We urge Phoenix’s bishop – and all Arizona Catholic employees - to do all they can to warn parents about Kingston. The more the public knows about this predator, the safer children will be.

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  • Jack Abd Allah
    commented 2013-12-24 13:14:52 -0600
    Thank you
  • Constance Taylor
    commented 2013-09-06 13:22:15 -0500
    The Episcopal Diocese/bishop of Arizona has gagged a victim, raped by two priests, with a court-ordered injunction, putting more children at risk within the denomination. One clergy used a gun and raped him on the parish altar…in Tucson.
  • Thomas Bersch
    commented 2013-07-23 14:28:44 -0500
    As one who was abused by this Priest please keep him away from Children. He should not be allowed to teach anywhere to anyone but adults. Because he was not convicted in the courts he does not have to register as a sex offender. This is sad because if the word does not get out about his past he will be in a classroom full of temptation for him. I was one of the 4 that was credible and anyone who wants to help me find away to make School Officials aware of his background please contact me at I want to be sure he does not get the opportunity to be with Children or Teenagers.
  • Mary Marinkovich
    commented 2013-07-23 10:50:35 -0500
    Are convicted pedophile priests exempted from registering as sex offenders?
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