FL- Former Catholic teacher arrested on sex charges now found with child porn

For immediate release: Tuesday July 16, 2013

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

A former Catholic school teacher arrested on sex charges with minors has now been found with child pornography on his computer. Stephen Budd was arrested in April for offering candy to two then 9-year-old female students for sexual activity and is now being charged with possession of child pornographic images and videos.

When abuse happens in private institutions, often victims, witnesses and whistleblowers report it internally. That’s wrong. It’s crucial that knowledge or suspicions of child sex crimes be reported to secular authorities not church or private officials.

We urge anyone with more information to please contact the police. Repeated offenses are often a sign of more unreported crimes and the more that is reported the better the chances are that this predator is kept away from children.

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