OH- Priest pleads guilty, SNAP responds
For immediate release: Friday, September 05, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected])
An Ohio priest has pleaded guilty to soliciting sex and will be allowed to enter an early intervention program. We are disappointed by this outcome.
As part of Fr. James McGonegal’s plea deal once he has completed his early intervention program the case against him will be dismissed and wiped from his record. We believe this a dangerous move, because it will prevent parents, employers and guardians from having vital information about whom they let their children around.
It is not too late for any victims, witnesses or whistleblowers to come forward and report what they know about Fr. McGonegal.
(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 SNAPnetwork.org)