The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Clergy sex abuse victims urge action
They prod Gary bishop about two predator priests
One is rumored to have moved recently to Nevada
The other, a notorious pedophile, is trying to get out of prison
For years, records show, prelate was mum about allegations
WHAT: Holding signs and childhood photos at a news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will urge Gary’s Catholic bishop to
-- reach out to anyone hurt by two predator priests with ties to Gary, and
They will also prod anyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to come forward, get help and call police.
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Outside Gary Catholic diocese headquarters (chancery office), 9292 Broadway (corner of 93rd) in Merrillville
WHO: Two - three victims who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
WHY: Today, in a Chicago courtroom, a notorious serial convicted child molesting cleric will argue he should be set free. SNAP wants Gary Bishop Dale Melczek to help intervene to keep him jailed.
He is Daniel J. McCormack, who has family in the Crown Point Indiana area and worked temporarily at St. Mary’s
Catholic church there as recently as 2006. In 2007, he was convicted of molesting five kids in Chicago. SNAP fears he may have molested Indiana children, too.
McCormack has completed his sentence, but prosecutors are trying to keep him confined as a “sexually violent predator” who is apt to re-offend. SNAP fears that if McCormack gets out, he’ll move to northwestern Indiana.
SNAP is also worried about another accused serial predator priest, Fr. Richard A. Emerson, who is believed to be the highest ranking Catholic official in Indiana to be accused of child sex crimes. Emerson is rumored to have moved from Atlanta to Las Vegas. A former Gary diocesan chancellor, he faces several civil child sex lawsuits.
Pages of once-secret church records about Emerson show that Bishop Melczek knew of but kept silent about allegations against Emerson for at least 15 years, leaving unsuspecting parishioners, neighbors and family members at risk of child molestation.
As recently as Aug. 2006, Melczek urged his staff to stay silent about the fact that the Vatican defrocked Emerson.
In 1986, after molesting in Indiana, Emerson was sent from Gary to Orlando FL where he abused two more boys. In 1992, after Orlando’s bishop complained about Emerson’s misdeeds with children, he sent the priest back to Gary.
Emerson worked at several Gary diocesan parishes including East Chicago, Hammond, LaPorte, Michigan City and the former Hoosier Boys Town in Schererville. Emerson is now believed to be in his 60s.
McCormack’s victims are represented by attorneys Jeff Anderson (651 227 9990, 612 817 8665 cell) and Mike Finnegan (612 205 5531). Emerson’s victims are represented by attorneys Joe Saunders (727 580 6605 cell, 727 579 4500 office), Marc Pearlman (312 261 4550) and Adam Horowitz (305 931 2200).
In July, separate lawsuits were filed against both McCormack and Emerson. As best SNAP can tell, McCormack is only accused of molesting in Chicago, while Emerson faces allegations of abusing in both Indiana and Florida.
McCormack was defrocked in 2007 and Emerson was defrocked in 2006.
McCormack’s hearing, in the criminal matter, begins at 9:30 a.m. in Room 606 (2600 S California St)
CONTACT: Barbara Blaine 312-399-4747, Theresa Albrecht 708-263-3050, David Clohessy 314-566-9790
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests