MD--Ex-Baltimore priest accused of abuse; Victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 

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

A priest who worked in Baltimore for a decade is accused of molesting a girl. We urge Baltimore Catholic employees to aggressively seek out any one else he may have hurt and beg them to call police.

Church officials in Alexandria Louisiana have suspended Fr. Antonio Jorge Velez and “prohibited (him) from living within the diocese” because of child sex abuse reports stemming from his time in Baltimore.

We hope anyone who has seen, suspected or suffered Fr. Velez’ crimes, or cover ups by his church colleagues or supervisors, will call police, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and start healing.

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747[email protected])


Diocese of Alexandria priest dismissed after misconduct allegations

by Melissa Gregory, [email protected], (318) 792-1807 2:29 p.m. CST February 11, 2016

A priest who worked in the LaSalle and Grant parishes area has been dismissed after being accused of sexual misconduct with a girl in the Baltimore area, according to a release.

A release from the Diocese of Alexandria on Thursday states that  . . . 

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