OR--Predator priest sued for first time; Victims respond

For immediate release: Friday, Feb. 26, 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])

We applaud the brave man who is exposing an Oregon predator priest, Fr. Emmerich Vogt. As best we can tell, this is the first time this cleric has been “outed” as a credibly accused child molester. He’s the 89th publicly accused Portland archdiocesan predator priest.


We hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Fr. Vogt or cover ups by his Catholic supervisors will come forward, call police, expose wrongdoers, deter secrecy and protect kids.

We’re saddened but not surprised that Fr. Vogt has already, through his lawyer, said he’ll fight this lawsuit on legal technicalities and not on the merits.

(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]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,[email protected])


Lawsuit claims priest sexually abused Portland boy


An Oregon man using a pseudo name of "David Smith" is suing the Dominican Order and Holy Rosary Church in Northeast Portland.

Smith was an altar boy at the time. He alleges he was sexually abused by Father Emmerich Vogt.

"He was subjected to kissing, extended hugging, touching, something no kid should have to go through, especially with a priest," Smith's lawyer Kristian Roggendorf of Roggendorf Law said.

Also in the complaint are allegations of  . . .

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