NJ--Delbarton whistleblower trial approaches; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 6, 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, [email protected])

We strongly suspect that the former Delbarton coach is telling the truth when he says that school officials retaliated against him for reporting suspected sex crimes and sexual misconduct by Fr. Luke Travers. Time and time again, Catholic priests and bishops have tried to punish those who speak up about abuse reports and rumors.


If kids are to be safe and cover ups are to be deterred, it’s crucial that anyone with information or suspicions about wrongdoing at Delbarton steps forward now. Do so not to help Marc MacNaughton, but to help ensure that the truth about sex crimes and misdeeds and cover ups at Delbarton is exposed. Silence only helps wrongdoers and encourages wrongdoing.


No matter what a judge or church officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in Catholic churches or institutions – especially at Delbarton – to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.

(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 SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Mark Crawford, SNAP New Jersey Director, 732-632-7687[email protected]


Ex-coach suing Delbarton and ex-headmaster accused in sex cases

Print Email Ben Horowitz | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com By Ben Horowitz | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on July 06, 2016 at 1:09 PM

MORRISTOWN — A lawsuit by a former track coach and teacher at the Delbarton School, accusing the school's former headmaster of retaliating against him repeatedly after the coach reported he was inappropriately touching members of his team, is headed for a trial date in the coming weeks in Superior Court in Morristown.

The ex-coach and teacher, Marc MacNaughton, filed the lawsuit against the elite boys' school in Morris Township and its former headmaster, Father Luke Travers, after  . . . 

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