Catholic Priest Removed from Ministry in Baltimore over Child Sex Abuse Allegations
A priest from a parish in Baltimore has been removed following allegations of child sexual abuse, and we now call on Catholic officials in Baltimore to do outreach ensuring parishioners at every parish where this man worked are informed of the allegations and survivors and witnesses are encouraged to come forward and make a report to local law enforcement.
According to reports, Fr. Martin Demek was accused of sexually abusing a then-11-year-old boy in 1989 while he worked at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Manchester. Archbishop William Lori should use all of the resources he has available to ensure that parents and parishioners at St. Bartholomew are informed of the allegations. He should also take steps to notify families that were a part of the parish at the time of the allegations but may have moved elsewhere in the years since.
By our internal count, this is the 18th Catholic clergy or staffer that has been suspended, placed under investigation, or arrested for sexual abuse. Clearly, despite rhetoric from Catholic officials, abuse within the Church is not a thing of the past. Given what we know about the delayed disclosure of abuse, we expect to learn more about cases from the late 1980s and 1990s as our current decade rolls on.
CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director ([email protected], 517-974-9009)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)