School head arrested; SNAP responds
We applaud Citrus Heights police for their commitment to finding the truth about Robert Adams. We hope that others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes will call law enforcement.
Now is no time to get complacent. Often, shrewd child molesters hire top-notch defense lawyers and get off on legal technicalities or serve little jail time. So it’s crucial that anyone with information or suspicions about Adams step forward now.
We're disappointed with the aggressive campaign launched by a handful of his supporters. It's always difficult for a child to speak out against an authority figure. Public support for an accused molester makes it even harder for other victims, witnesses, and whistleblowers to come forward. If Adams' pals feel they must support him, they should do it quietly. Nobody with information about abuse at Creative Frontiers should be pressured into staying silent.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 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 SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])
September 7, 2011
By Sam Stanton [email protected]
Citrus Heights police arrested the former owner of the Creative Frontiers School today following a molestation investigation that has been under way since July.
Robert Adams, who had operated the school since 1975 until authorities shut it down earlier this summer, was taken into custody early today at his Folsom home. Police expect to announce charges in the case at a press conference later this morning.
Adams has denied wrongdoing and supporters of the school have worked over the summer to bring it into compliance with city codes. Adams also indicated in city documents the he sold the school last month to a man who is engaged to marry one of his daughters.
The initial allegations against Adams came from a former worker at the school, but police have indicated since then that numerous alleged victims have come forward.
Adams' attorney, Lindsa Parisi, could not be immediately reached this morning.