CA- New accused cleric exposed in LA

New accused cleric exposed in LA

When "outed" in AZ, he was sent overseas

He's now still on the job in Pope's home country

SNAP to archbishop: “You must demand his return”

“Reach out to all possible victims,” support group begs


Holding signs and photos of themselves at a sidewalk press conference, victims of sexual abuse will: 

--Expose a credibly accused cleric who recently lived and worked in LA,
--Show how he lived with families with kids, and
--Explain how he was sent overseas when he was publicly accused of child sex crimes in Arizona.

They will also urge Catholic officials (in the LA archdiocese & in a religious order) to:

--Demand that the cleric immediately return to the United States 
--Aggressively seek out others in LA who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes, and
--Announce the accusations against him in parish bulletins and on the archdiocesan website.


Outside of the offices of the Lay Mission-Helpers Association
3435 Wilshire Blvd. (at Normandie), Suite 1940, Los Angeles 


Friday, May 2 at 11 am


5-6 victims of sexual abuse who are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (, the nation's largest support group for men and women abused as kids in religious or institutional settings. They will be joined by a St. Louis man who the organization's long-time executive director.


Members of SNAP recently learned that a credibly accused cleric lived and worked with vulnerable missionary families in Los Angeles.

Brother Richard Suttle, a member of the Claretian Missionary order, was accused in 2008 of sexually abusing a child in the Phoenix Diocese in the 1980s. Church officials said the allegations were credible. When SNAP exposed this allegation in 2013, Claretian officials admitted that they sent Suttle to Argentina. They say the cleric is being monitored and has been "removed from any ministry with children.",0,216928.story

But he is still on the job, SNAP says, with a Claretian UN team. Now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he's almost certainly among vulnerable and unsuspecting families who know nothing of the accusations against him. 

Claretian officials also claim that they restricted Suttle's ministry 2008:  However, they allowed him to work with children in Nigera as late as 2011.,0,216928.story

While in Los Angeles in 2001-2002, Suttle worked as executive director of the Lay Mission Helpers. The Lay Mission Helpers is the Catholic organization responsible for training missionaries and helping families transition into and out of overseas missionary assignments At the time, the Helpers were a part of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. They split off into an independent organization in 2003. Other executive directors of the organization lived at or spent nights overnight at Helper home(s).

"We fear that Brother Suttle may have hurt kids who lived in Helpers housing," said David Clohessy of St Louis, SNAP executive director. "These are children who are very vulnerable, about to move abroad or are home for the first time in years. They are confused, excited and scared. A predator will easily take advantage of that."

The group wants the Helpers and the archdiocese to reach out to anyone who may have been lived in Lay Mission Helpers Housing. If Suttle did abuse there, SNAP believes there is a good chance that he could be criminally prosecuted.

"Often Catholic officials send credibly accused predators overseas to avoid prosecution," Clohessy said. "The Claretians should do their civic and moral duty and insist that he come back to the US. They should return and for them to find any potential victims and let them know of their civil and criminal rights."

At least one other credibly accused child molesting cleric worked at Lay Mission Helpers. He is  Msgr. Joseph Alzugaray who worked in the LA archdiocese and the Santa Rosa diocese. A Catholic abuse board found the child sex abuse accusations against Suttle “credible and a child sex abuse and cover up lawsuit against him settled in 2007.

LA Archbishop Jose Gomez will likely claim he has no supervisory power over Brother Suttle. But SNAP says that since Suttle worked in the LA archdiocese, Gomez can and should, for the sake of public safety, use his “bully pulpit,” parish bulletins and church websites to warn parishioners and the public about him.


Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), David Clohessy (314-566-9790, [email protected])


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  • Chuy Munoz
    commented 2017-04-15 22:18:10 -0500
    I concur with Ms Kathleen. This all needs to be cleaned up.
  • Kathleen Ms
    commented 2017-03-27 19:42:38 -0500
    This organization was not prepared to send myself and 3 others to Kenya. We ended up with no work visas and I had a difficult time finally getting all my papers in order so I could leave the country ( I had malaria and needed to get back for medical attention but was delayed several weeks due to LMH at first indifference and then incompetence. The director ( Janice England) actually suggested to my father that perhaps paying off officials to get visa might be the way to resolve it ( i.e.: bribing). ARE YOU KIDDING ME? My father, an attorney was beyond speechless. I do believe that would constitute a felony even in Kenya. The matter was finally resolved after several weeks after constant calling Janice from me and my family. ( the American embassy said if I was arrested they could do nothing as I was illegally in the country. An organization that sends folks overseas to work should, in my option, first and foremost respect the laws of those countries and certainly protect their workers by insuring that they have valid visas and work permits. Janice kept telling us don’t worry everyone does it. ( this was after I was already there and realized the situation I was in)
    Btw The parish they sent us to was run by a totally corrupt priest who only wanted money from us and we had to find places on our own in the dioceses to work, which there were plenty of wonderful parishes and orphanages and schools but yet we were sent to the most notorious parish priest in the diocese. Myself and the others with me felt there was no support from the director (Janice England) and found out later she had been bad mouthing us to the priest at the parish and I still have her emails to him that he inadvertently sent to me. This was a very troubling and negative experience for all of us ( one positive is we 4 bonded closely and are good friends still) I have before and since worked for many lay catholic organizations successfully and happily but I recommend avoiding this organization.

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