PA--Cambria County senior officials ignored reports of clergy sex crimes

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 8

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,

Cambria County senior officials ignored reports of clergy sex crimes for over a dozen years allowing children to be needlessly placed at risk and we fear dozens upon dozens to be sexually assaulted. Attorney Richard Serbin first wrote county officials in 2002 about young men in six parishes who had been molested. 

Law enforcement could have and should have acted sooner. Call on prosecutors and police to come clean about their complicity in clergy sex crimes and cover-ups and to work harder than ever now to expose wrong doers in every way possible.  They should also use their “bully pulpit” to prod more victims, witness and whistleblowers to come forward and try again to report these horrific crimes.

They should join growing chorus of voices pushing for a civil window in Harrisburg allowing cases to move forward on their merits rather than automatically being time barred.

(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

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,, Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell,, Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,   

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