Priest Accused of Abuse in New York Also Worked in Columbus
A priest who has just been accused of abusing a New York child also worked in Columbus. For the safety of children and healing of survivors, Ohio Catholic officials must now alert their flock and share with law enforcement here any information they may have on the alleged offender.
Fr. Carleton Parker Jones, a Dominican cleric, was sued days ago in Manhattan for reportedly sexually assaulting an eight-year-old boy while he was preparing for his first confession and first communion with Jones. An on-line parish document shows that, from 1992-1995, Fr. Jones was at St. Patrick Church on North Grant Avenue in Columbus.
We believe it is the moral and civic duty of Columbus Bishop Robert Brennan and church officials at St. Patrick’s to use church bulletins, parish websites and pulpit announcements to aggressively seek out anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or cover-ups involving Fr. Jones and beg them to call police.
The bishop should also publicly disclose – and give to police – any information he has about Fr. Jones, especially other assignments in Ohio that he may have had. Finally, for the safety of children, church officials in both Ohio and New York should reveal Fr. Jones’ whereabouts and insist that he live in a secure, remote, independently-run facility or treatment center until this troubling case is resolved.
CONTACT: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader, (636-433-2511, firstname.lastname@example.org), Carol Zamonski, SNAP Columbus (email@example.com, 614-653-1502) Zach Hiner, Executive Director (517-974-9009, firstname.lastname@example.org)
(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; our Australia website is SNAPAustralia.org)