MS- Judge upholds molesting teacher's detention order, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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

Despite a motion from a public defender, an admitted child molesting teacher will remain behind bars. We applaud this decision for several reasons.

Veteran Catholic teacher Richard Pryor was arrested for allegedly molesting students on out of state trips. Our hearts ache for these 11 boys and their families and we are grateful for their bravery.

We are glad Pryor will remain behind bars for several reasons.

First, keeping predators behind bars, ensure the safety of children, especially when that predator has multiple victims and has admitted the abuse.

Second, the public defenders motion claimed that since Pryor has strong community and families ties he should be released to his sister. The judge said it perfectly in noting that these ties are what allowed him to abuse in the first place, “The Court notes that the defendant's long-time presence and standing in the community apparently enabled his method of committing the offenses charged.”

We applaud every person who has cooperated or is cooperating with this investigation.

It's our civic and moral duty to help police and prosecutors keep predators away from kids and we hope anyone who saw, suspects or suffered abuse by Pryor will find the courage to come forward.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have 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, d[email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])    


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