The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
SNAP: Judges violate Ohio Supreme Court ruling
Group accuses appeals court of "blocking" disclosure
Documents about accused predator priest were to be released
But now Guernsey County officials “ignore" order by state’s highest court
Victims are upset & feel others could be harmed because of these “delaying tactics”
They will also beg victims of the accused priest to come forward and prod an Ohio Catholic bishop to put the cleric in a treatment center.
Now, however, the Guernsey judges have recently decided to again withhold the records. And the attorney for the alleged victim is filing a new motion, charging that the Guernsey judges are “directly violating the mandate of the Ohio Supreme Court” and trying to “open a whole new can of worms” by “seeking a new basis for refusing to disclose the records.”
The alleged victim is Beth Rocker, who says she was molested by Steubenville diocesan priest Fr. Gary Zalenski at several places (including on his pontoon boat at Seneca Lake in 1991). In 2007, she reported her allegations to church officials and in January 2008, she contacted police but no criminal prosecution was initiated.
Still, in November 2007, Zalenski was suspended by Bishop R. Daniel Conlon and remains suspended now. SNAP has urged Conlon to send Zalenski to an in-patient treatment center to receive treatment. Zalenski has worked as a priest and teacher at churches and schools in Guernsey and Belmont counties. Link to Zalenski timeline.. http://www.steubenvilletruth.org/Gary_Zalenski_Pg1.html
SNAP contends that church officials are “secretive” about child sex cases and that Ohio’s “archaic, predator-friendly” statutes of limitations make criminal and civil cases against Zalenski unlikely. It’s crucial, the group says, that these records be released “so that parents, parishioners and the public” will better understand the allegations against Zalenski.
Copies of several legal documents to be released at press event will be the judgment from Guernsey county court of Appeals which was filed on Oct 12th.
Also released will be the new legal brief by Rocker's counsel, Konrad Kircher of Mason, Ohio (513 229 7996, [email protected]).
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests