MO-- Convicted sex offender wants to resume dentistry; Victims respond

For immediate release: Saturday, April 16, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, 314 645 5915 home,

We applaud authorities who are trying to stop a dentist convicted of child sex crimes from resuming his practice in an office that serves children. The physical safety of kids trumps the job preferences of adults, especially those who prey on the vulnerable and plead guilty to serious crimes.

A professional license and practice are privileges, not rights. Anthony “Tony” Rizzuti and his father, who wants to hire him, know this and should accept it.

His claim of having perpetrated no “hands-on” crime is offensive, disingenuous and self-serving. If I shoot at you, I should be punished, regardless of whether I hit you or miss.

If I drive a school bus drunk, I forfeit my privilege to drive buses, whether kids are injured or not.

It’s deceitful for the dentist to claim he’s being denied the ability to earn a living. He just can’t work around kids. He’s obviously smart and has other job options.

(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,, Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell,, Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,

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