Priest Who Admitted Abuse on Video Also Spent Time in St. Louis and Kansas
In a newly published investigation, a priest who was in the St. Louis archdiocese admitted on video molesting several young boys and a developmentally disabled young man.
For a year, from June 1983 to June of 1984, Fr. Roger A. Sinclair was on sick leave from the Greensburg PA diocese and was sent by for therapy at the now-closed House of Affirmation in Webster Groves Missouri, according to the Associated Press and a report by a grand jury report issued by the Pennsylvania attorney general.
In a letter dated May 23, 1984 to then-St. Louis Archbishop John May, then-Greensburg Bishop William Connare said Fr. Sinclair had been in Webster Groves "for emotional problems" and that the priest would leave the program soon. Connare assured May that Sinclair had his permission to work in such a setting if it were agreeable to May.
Later, Fr. Sinclair worked as an Air Force chaplain and in Kansas at the Topeka State Hospital where he "managed to gain access to a locked unit deceitfully" and tried to check out teenage boys from the hospital to go see a movie at least twice. However, the hospital refused to allow Fr. Sinclair to escort the minors out of the building. He was subsequently dismissed from the hospital.
Fr. Sinclair is now behind bars in Oregon.
This news reinforces what we in SNAP have long charged: that St. Louis Catholic officials have – and continue to – put kids in harm’s way by knowingly, secretively and deceitfully importing proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics from across the US.
We hope anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Fr. Sinclair, or any other priest, nun, or other church staffer who have been quietly sent to St. Louis, will seek help immediately from independent sources like police, prosecutors, therapists or support groups like SNAP.
(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)