NJ--Victims want arrested cleric put in treatment center

For immediate release: Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home, [email protected])

A New Jersey Catholic cleric has been charged with having and watching child porn. We hope that

--anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes will call law enforcement immediately,

--students and staff at St. Joseph's High School in Metuchen – along with Metuchen Bishop Paul Bootkoski - will aggressively see out other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers, and

--the cleric’s supervisors will put him in a remote, secure, independent treatment center so he’ll get therapy and be kept away from kids.


Br. John B. Spalding is accused of endangering the welfare of a child and possession and viewing of pornographic material, primarily child pornography. He’ll soon return to Rhode Island, where he’s from. That’s wrong. Hiss Catholic supervisors should insist he live far away in a professionally run facility so kids will be safer. Why let him live among unsuspecting families and vulnerable children?

We urge Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin to object to this move and warn his flock about Br. Spalding. And we hope that anyone who has knowledge or suspicions about Br. Spalding or other abusive clerics – in New Jersey or Rhode Island – will summon the strength to call police and prosecutors so that the innocent can be protected and the wounded can be healed and more clergy sex crimes and cover ups can be stopped 

(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])


Brother who taught at Catholic high school allegedly had child porn

By Sue Epstein | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com,  February 18, 2016 

NEW BRUNSWICK — A brother who taught at St. Joseph's High School in Metuchen surrendered Thursday morning on charges he possessed and viewed child pornography on his computer.

John B. Spalding, 74, surrendered to Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas in New Brunswick on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and possession and viewing of pornographic material, primarily child pornography.

Spalding's attorney, William Fetky of New Brunswick, entered  . . . 

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