NY--Ex-Brooklyn predator priest seeks parole; Victims respond
For immediate release: Tuesday, Oct. 25, 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]
A former Brooklyn priest who was convicted of child sex crimes is up for parole in northeastern Pennsylvania. We hope he’s kept in prison. And we hope this news prompts others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to call police so he might be charged with and convicted on other offenses and be kept away from kids even longer.
In March 2008, Steven Wolpert pled guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a felony, with an eight year old in 2006 and 2007 in Hawley Borough, PA. He was sentenced in June 2008 to nine to 18 years in prison.
Kids will be safest if Wolpert serves his entire sentence of 18 years behind bars.
Also, Wolpert testified in 2008 that he allowed kids to sleep naked with him. We fear he has more victims, so we urge anyone who may have knowledge of or suspicions about him to find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement no matter how long ago it happened.
Wolpert worked at Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus NY and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brooklyn NY (1987-2008) before he retired.
No matter what lawmakers 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 in New York – to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers 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])