SNAP applauds the fact that a sexually abusive Franciscan Friar is now in jail in Steubenville, Ohio.
A Franciscan friar, David Morrier, received five years’ probation and to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life on sex crimes that took place when he was at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Although he got five years probation, Morrier is now in jail because he is no longer allowed to stay at the Granard Parkway location under house arrest wearing an ankle monitor.
He also belonged to the Franciscans out of Loretto, PA, So SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is concerned there might be more victims of Morrier in that area.
We urge anyone who may have been harmed by him to come forward and contact law enforcement.
We stand in solidarity and loudly applaud the brave woman who confronted her abuser, face to face, in the court of law and powerfully delivered a victim’s impact statement directly to her abuser. "I've lost the last 12 years of my life to him, the third-order regular Franciscans and Franciscan university,” the victim said in court Friday. While we would rather see a more punitive sentence for these crimes, we are grateful that this predator will be known for life as a sex offender and follow every rule and regulation under those terms beginning today.
To us, the strength and fortitude displayed by the victim will certainly help others who have been assaulted by persons in authority and encourage them to come forward, report the crime to law enforcement and get the help needed.
Judge Bruzzese ordered Morrier to register before sundown instead of the customary three-day grace period. "By the way, I have to say that is the most powerful victim impact statement I have ever heard,” the judge said.
CONTACT: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Regional Leader, (314-974-5003), [email protected]), Mike McDonnell, Communications Manager, (267-261-0578, [email protected]) Zach Hiner, Executive Director (517-974-9009, [email protected])
(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)