Former School Director Arrested for Child Porn, SNAP Responds

An ex-Long Island Catholic school staffer has just been indicted on child pornography charges. We hope this move will prod others who have been sexually violated to step forward.

This news provides the first opportunity for Bishop John Barres to enlist in the pope’s new “all out war” on abuse. To do that, he must use parish bulletins, church websites and pulpit announcements to beg anyone with information about Michael Wustrow’s alleged crimes to call police. That’s the best way to protect kids – help make sure predators are imprisoned.

Everyone abhors abuse. The question is: will you take steps to stop it? Barres commands a large staff and many resources. So he could help police, prosecutors, parents and parishioners here, if he has the will. Based on our experience, we suspect he doesn’t.

Finally, we are glad Wustrow is being held without bail. That helps protect kids. All too often Catholic officials facing prosecution for child sex crimes fled overseas.

(Wustrow is the former music director at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, where accused predator priests Fr. Brian Brinker and Fr. Joseph C. McComiskey also worked.)

CONTACT: Janet Klinger, SNAP Long Island ([email protected], 814-341-8386), 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

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