Investigative Reporter to Present Critical Evidence in Clergy Sexual Abuse Claim in Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
John Carlos Frey has obtained DNA evidence that Father Jesus Expedito Suarez, has fathered children in Colombia.
WHAT: Holding signs and posters at a sidewalk press conference, an investigative reporter will:
- Present DNA evidence showing that a local priest fathered the children of Colombian rape victims,
- Share information gathered by a local Houstonian that aided the reporter in his efforts, and
- Call for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to work with church officials in Colombia to provide support for the victims
WHO: Several members of a survivor support and advocacy group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, including a Houston-man who is the support group’s local leader and an investigative reporter who is flying in from California to seek answers from church officials in Houston.
WHEN: 1:00 PM on Friday, October 23
WHERE: Outside the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, located at 1111 St. Joseph Parkway in downtown Houston
WHY: An investigative journalist has been looking into the case of Fr. Jesus Suarez and has uncovered disturbing details related to the alleged abuser’s time in Colombia and Texas. Now, he has come to Houston to get answers from church officials about the situation.
Investigative Reporter John Carlos Frey has uncovered troubling evidence about the criminal conduct of Father Jesus Suarez and has obtained DNA evidence that shows Fr. Suarez fathered multiple children while working as a priest in Colombia, at least one of whom is the alleged product of rape with a then-underage woman. Despite leaving Colombia under a cloud of suspicion, Fr. Suarez was able to settle in the Houston area and get a job with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Church officials in Houston were notified of these crimes in 2019 when they received a letter from Colombian victims, but church officials have not yet made contact with the victims in Colombia and Fr. Suarez remains excluded from the archdiocese’s list of accused priests.
Frey has also received information from a local Houstonian who wrote to the archdiocese years ago with evidence of Fr. Suarez’s abuse of girls, but no action was taken as a result of that letter, either. Frey has also obtained correspondence that shows Fr. Suarez has admitted to being a sex addict and has had affairs with parishioners. Critically, Frey also has evidence that shows Cardinal Daniel DiNardo has been made aware of these allegations against Fr. Suarez. Now, Frey is looking for answers from church officials.
“Church officials in Houston must come clean with what they know about this situation and must explain why they ignored reports from local parishioners related to Fr. Suarez,” said Eduardo Lopez de Casas, leader of SNAP Houston. “The evidence gathered by Mr. Frey is concerning and demands explanation.”
(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)