MI - Former priest in court today on child porn charges, SNAP responds

Today, a former Detroit Catholic priest will be in court facing child porn charges. We hope the judge gives him little or no benefit of the doubt. 

Often sex offenders like Timothy Murray get top notch defense lawyers, exploit technicalities, strike deals, and win leniency. They then use that leniency to flee the country or offend again.

And, while free awaiting trial, they often destroy evidence, intimidate victims, discredit whistleblowers, and threaten witnesses.

At a bare minimum, we hope the judge will insist that Murray give up his passport. We also hope that anyone else who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Murray will contact police and prosecutors promptly so that he might be effectively prosecuted and kept away from kids.

Finally, this case is another reminder of why Catholic officials should prominently post and repeatedly circulate lists of their proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics. Otherwise, most of these sex offenders - having successfully run out the statute of limitations on their crimes - live and work among unsuspecting neighbors and often re-offend.


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