CA- Church worker secretly recorded female parishioners; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, September 22, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected]om)

An employee at a Salinas church has been arrested after a camera was found in the female bathroom. We are saddened by this gross violation and hope church officials will do everything in their power to reach out to others who may have been victimized.

Daniel Murguia was a maintenance man at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salinas before being arrested for secretly recording women in the bathroom. According to police reports there are at least 20 incidences of women unknowingly being recorded in the bathroom.

We hope church officials use church bulletins, websites and pulpit announcements to inform parishioners about this gross violation of privacy. We hope anyone hurt by this incident finds the courage to speak up and start healing.  

(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

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]

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