CAN - Accused predator priest has court hearing today; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Friday, September 6, 2013

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, [email protected])

Father Damian Cooper, an accused predator Catholic priest, is expected to be in the Vancouver, BC courthouse (800 Smith Street) today.

An abuse and cover up lawsuit involving him was filed in December 2012 alleging that he sexually abused a teenage girl in the late 1980s to early 1990s. And an application was filed August 8th requesting the BC Supreme Court to order Vancouver Catholic officials to produce documents pertaining to Cooper’s crimes.

No matter how today’s hearing turns out, we hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Cooper or cover ups by Catholic officials will step forward. Staying silent only helps those who commit and conceal child sex crimes.

We also hope they’ll contact the independent professionals in law enforcement, not the biased bureaucrats in church offices.

Cooper is a priest of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, British Columbia, but also worked in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, a pattern we’ve seen time and time and time again – proven, admitted or credibly accused child molesting Catholic clerics being sent to other nations.

His trial date is set for September 29, 2014 and is estimated to take roughly 20 days.

Cooper was ordained in 1986.

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

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