Predator Priests Moved Country to Country

Victims blast international movement of predator priests

Group wants Interpol to go after child molesting clerics

SNAP gives list of 32 who have moved to/from 18 nations

Over last 10 years, at least 6 from the US have come to Rome

Group: "Church officials should take accused priests' passports"

And they must stop letting child molesting clerics change their names, SNAP says


Holding signs and childhood photos at a news conference, US clergy sex abuse victims will

-- hand out a list of 32 alleged predator priests who have moved or been sent abroad,

-- publicly push Interpol, for the 1st time, to help pursue those who face criminal charges, and

-- discuss 6 priests – from Australia and the US – who face abuse allegations and were sent to work/ live in/or near the Vatican over the past decade. (One was reportedly still living in Rome last year.)


The victims will also prod Catholic officials to stop

--sending child molesting clerics to other nations, and

--letting predator priests legally change their names (to avoid being caught), and start

--taking the passports of priests once they are accused so they can’t flee to other countries, and

--aggressively help law enforcement apprehend fugitive predator priests


TODAY, ----Tuesday, March 12 at 1:15 pm


Orange Hotel, 86 Via Crescenzio 00193, Roma +39.06.6868969


Two clergy sex abuse victims who are leaders of the US-based international support group SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (


A 2004 investigation by the Dallas Morning News found more than 200 priests, accused of sexual abuse, who sought refuge in foreign countries. Nearly 100 cases involved clergy who escaped or were sent elsewhere to elude law enforcement. SNAP suspects this practice will increase in the future.

The newspaper discovered that at least six accused priests have been have been sent to live or work in Rome: Fr. Julian Fox (Australia), Fr. Juan Baptist Ormechea (Illinois and Kentucky), Fr. Barry Bossa (Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York), Fr. Joseph Henn (Arizona), Fr. Richard Mataconis (New York), Fr. James Tully (Massachusetts, Sierra Leone and Giunea).

More recently, SNAP has learned that another US priest, Fr. Charles H. Miller – who worked in Missouri and Texas – was also transferred to Rome after a settlement was paid to one of his victims.

SNAP considers Rome to be a particularly dangerous place to more predator priests, because of close ties between church and state in Italy, and because of the sheer number of devout Catholics who come to Rome and who are apt to trust priests here.

Last year, a similar investigation by the Chicago Tribune turned up 32 admitted, proven or credibly accused predator priests who have moved or been sent to another nation after allegations against them were reported. (SNAP will hand out a list of them organized by nation.) The countries involved include Ireland, Belize, Bangladesh, Italy, India, Mexico, Canada, Philippines, Malta, Kenya, Northern Ireland, Columbia, England, Peru, Australia, United States, the Vatican and the Netherlands.

Some of the nations included in the Morning News series are India, Congo, Australia, Mexico, Costa Rico, Italy, Fiji, Samoa, England, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Ireland, Nigeria, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Bangladesh, Belize, Malta, Kenya, Peru and St. Maarten.

At least six of the clerics in the Morning News series belong to a religious order known as the Salesians, which has a headquarters in Rome. They include Fr. Frank Klep (Australia), Fr. Carlos Peralta (Illinois and Peru), Fr. Victor Hugo Carrera (Chile), Fr. Horacio Macal (Costa Rica), Fr. Juan Manzo (Mexico), and Fr. Enrique Vasquez (Costa Rica).

SNAP plans to write to officials at Interpol, urging them to make more efforts to track down and bring to justice those clerics who face charges but have fled to other nations.

SNAP will also discuss several “traveling” priests who have changed their names after having been accused or found guilty of molesting kids, including clerics who have been or are in Amsterdam, California and Ireland (Fr. Oliver O’Grady), Missouri & Nevada (Fr. James Beine/Mar James), Missouri and New Jersey (Fr. Carmine Sita/Fr. Jerry Howard), Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Illinois & Missouri (Br. Robert Brouillette/Robert Sullivan) and Louisiana & Washington (Fr. Lane Fontenot/Fr. Jean Paul Fontenot). One cleric, Fr. Jesse Cervantes, who now calls himself Jesse Gutierrez-Cervantes, has moved but has stayed within California.

O’Grady, Beine, Sita, Fontenot, and Brouillette were all convicted of child sex crimes (though the conviction of Beine was overturned on a technicality).

SNAP will urge Catholic officials to forbid priests from legally changing their names after being accused of abuse. The group also wants the church hierarchy to insist that priests give their passports to their bishop once they are accused of abuse, so they cannot flee overseas.

The two SNAP leaders are from St. Louis Missouri and know of at least six accused clerics from their own archdiocese who have gone or been sent abroad. Two of them - Fr. Charles H. Miller and Fr. Jean Baptist Ormechea – were sent to Rome (Miller in 2007 and Ormechea in2003. As recently as last year, Ormechea was still in Rome, according to

The others are Fr. William Christensen (Bangladesh), Fr. Kevin Hederman (Belize), Br. Felix Bland (Africa), Br. Gregory Sutton (Australia). Bland and Sutton both pled guilty to criminal child sex charges.

Photos of some of these men (including Ormechea, Miller, Gutierrez-Cervantes, and others) are available at

CONTACT (in Italy): David Clohessy's Italian cell 339 215 7504 ([email protected]), Barbara Dorris' Italian cell 334 791 2239 ([email protected]). Dorris can receive text messages at 314 503 0003.

Our hotel: NH Villa Campagna (Via Pio IV, 6) Ph 011 39 06 393731 (Clohessy-Rm 220, Dorris-Rm 320)

NOTE - CHANGED PLANS: Dorris be in Rome until Thursday, March 14. Clohessy will be in Rome until Wednesday, March 20. And starting March 13, Clohessy will be at the Hotel Cambridge, Via Palestro 87, Rome 00185 (011 39 06 49384917) 

A SNAP spokesman (now in the US, not in Rome) is available for Spanish-speaking interviews by phone and email. Juan Carlos, 312-420-4301 or [email protected] (He is a victim who was abused in Chile by Fr. Karadima.)

Other SNAP contacts in the US: office 312 455 1499, Peter Isely (on Central US time) 414 429 7259, [email protected] - Joelle Casteix (on Pacific US time) 949 322 7434, [email protected] - Becky Ianni (on Eastern US time) 703 801 6044, [email protected]

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 12,000 members in 65 nations (but we have heard from victims in more than 100 countries). We are based in Chicago Illinois, though Clohessy and Dorris live in St. Louis, Missouri.

Despite the word “priest” in our title, we help people who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers.

Our website is 


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  • Lani Halter
    commented 2013-03-12 11:32:08 -0500
    In addition to all my posted comments from last week until, today the opening of the conclave, i would also like to suggest to you that I wonder how many people other than myself, noticed that the papal internet address was closed completely and none of us gave it a second thought…until today, I have thought it is precisely now that the Vatican should have welcomed all email to the current, remaining structure and so-called leaders of this church. I am herein, formally, complaining.
  • Lani Halter
    commented 2013-03-12 01:51:18 -0500
    Remember, Matthew 18:6, Mark 9:41 and Luke 17:2
    Christ’s words and guidance to us is evident and clear.
  • Lani Halter
    commented 2013-03-12 01:47:51 -0500
    Think about this, please. How often does Christ, in the writings of his words in the Bible, strongly urge death as punishment for certain human beings. I would suggest to you that it is, not often. But, that I do know of at least three different instances where he recommends it.

    Christ does not say to us that this human will be a priest. No, what he says is: “whoever” in the Gospel of Matthew and Mark. In the Gospel of Luke, Christ says “he”. In all three of these instances, priests are not exempt from the definition. It is clear.
  • Lani Halter
    commented 2013-03-12 01:01:59 -0500
    My extreme concern over this impending vote, has made me nearly unable to think about anything else. And, I now notice that when I came back online just now to read of any possible new developments, reported on this site, that i have respect in your actions Mr. Clohessy and I realize we are simultaneously considering the question of why Interpol had not been contacted and aprised of these criminals prior to now. I’m sure that I don’t know why not, but I am equally as sure that they must be involved. And I am grateful to God that you are involving them NOW, and that you are in fact continuing to carpe diem, you have seized the momentum as I have begged you to do. What keeps resonating, over and over again in my mind and heart and vale of tears is that THE VICTIMS ARE children…CHILDREN, and disabled adults. And, the parents, too. Because the parents did not know. The CHILDREN and disabled adults are the most vulnerable human beings in our world. How dare the Church, in the name of God and in the name of the Pope’s supposed infailiability, try to hide such heinous acts and harbor such horrible criminals from prosecution. There is no excuse. None, possible.

    I was thinking, before coming back online that not informing Interpol of these fleeing priests and laity, would be tantamount and akin to not informing Interpol of known whereabouts of a serial murderer if one knew the whereabouts. The crimes of predator pedophile priests are nearly the same as attempted murder with malice of forethought, to my way of thinking! And/or, these crimes are similar in many ways, to genocide in it’s effects. I am a mother and a grandmother and the thought of any of these defunct human beings, these “priest” pedophilic predators hurting my children is more abhorrent to me than I can possibly begin to describe to you.

    Thank you for staying “the fight”. It must be fought. And, it must be fought now. Truly God bless and keep you, during these extraordinary times and for your extraordinary efforts. May rembering Christ’s words in the new testament that I continue to quote, over and over again, from Matthew, Mark and Luke, help sustain you in your efforts! Try to make his words, the Word, real, for you and all the victims and all the people of the catholic parishes. “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it were better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

    These predator priests must be brought to justice, now. The church must change, now.

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