Ex-Columbia serial predator priest to stay in jail; Victims applaud new ruling
An admitted serial predator priest who worked in Columbia lost his bid for a bond reduction yesterday and will remain jailed in St. Louis County facing more child sex abuse charges.
We are grateful to the two brave Missouri men who are working with prosecutors to keep Fr. Fred Lenczycki away from kids, and to the judge who refused to reduce this admitted predator's bond today.
We hope this news will prod others who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Lenczycki's crimes to come forward. We firmly believe others he hurt are still suffering in shame, silence and self-blame.
The state of Illinois deemed Lenczycki a sexually violent predator, so we hope Missouri officials will continue to do all they can to keep him locked up. And we hope Catholic officials in California will aggressively reach out to anyone he hurt there.
Contact: David Clohessy, SNAP Missouri Director (314-566-9790, firstname.lastname@example.org)
(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)
SNAP Conference Postponed to September
As cases of COVID-19 continue to dominate the headlines, affect the way we work and play, and force changes to our daily lives, we have decided to postpone the SNAP Annual Conference from July until September. We are now planning to hold the conference from September 25 - 27 and it will still be held in Denver, CO.
In order to help make this change easier, we will be charging only $99 for registration from now through June 30. Stay tuned for updates and register today on our conference page.SNAP Conference Postponed to September