Fr. Hugh Lang Sentence Overturned, SNAP Responds
A priest who was convicted last November on charges that he sexually abused a child in the erily 2000s had his conviction vacated this week because a new judge believes the priest did not receive a fair trial. We are dismayed that the victim will have to go through yet another trial but are hopeful that the priest will once again be found guilty.
Rev. Hugh Lang was found guilty last November on charges that he abused a then-11-year-old boy in 2001. Despite the fact that the victim in this case traveled from the other side of the world to testify against his abuser, a new trial was ordered on Monday. Our hearts ache for this victim and the fact that his chance at justice has been taken away. We hope that this is only a temporary setback.
Currently, the victim’s attorneys are appealing to the state supreme court. We are hopeful their appeal is granted and this dangerous abuser’s conviction will stand and he will be given a sentence that keeps him away from children for the rest of his life.
(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; our Australia website is SNAPAustralia.org)