Parole Denied in Romano Ferraro Case, SNAP Applauds Decision

A Massachusetts priest who admitted to abusing “perhaps dozens” of boys had his request for parole denied today. We applaud this decision as it will keep children safer and shows that secular officials are treating serial sexual abuse with all the seriousness it deserves.

In denying Fr. Romano Ferraro’s request for parole, the board wrote that he “has yet to demonstrate a level of rehabilitative progress” that would ensure he would no longer be a danger once released. Given that there is no magic age at which abusers stop abusing, we believe this is a sound decision, especially when the offender in question has admitted to abusing far more children than he has ever been convicted for. By keeping him behind bars, the parole board has helped protect other children from being victimized.

We hope that this decision will encourage other survivors, whether of Fr. Ferraro or any other priest, deacon, nun, or other church staffer, to come forward and make a report to police.

CONTACT: Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director (zhiner@snapnetwork.org, 517-974-9009)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)


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