The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Victims to US attorney: investigate predator priest
He’s accused of molesting 30 children in Bangladesh
SNAP: “Cleric may have violated sex trafficking laws”
Group also wants Catholic officials to bring pedophile back here
“Put him in secure treatment center so kids will be safe,” victims say
Christensen has reportedly traveled back and forth to Bangladesh from the US several times over the past decade. SNAP suspects there’s a good chance that Christensen has broken 'child sex tourism' laws and other statutes. (US Code provision 18 USCS 2324). SNAP is asking US Attorney Richard Callahan to investigate this matter, and to issue a public invitation or call to victims, witnesses or whistleblowers to step forward.
In a recent similar case, Douglas Perlitz, an American Catholic child predator, received a 20 year sentence for molesting kids in Haiti.
Until Christensen is formally and finally defrocked, his religious order, the Marianists have authority over him. His supervisors can order him to return to the US and can put him in a remote, secure treatment center. SNAP is urging them do take this step to safeguard kids.
Christensen, who taught at Chaminade and was accused of molesting there in a 2002 lawsuit, has worked in Bangladesh for years. (He also taught at McBride High School here.) Christensen allegedly used a charity there “as a front to sexually abuse” as many as 30 boys, silencing them with money and intimidation, according to an ex-nun who is now a human rights worker.
The local branch of Christensen’s organization is Institute of Integrated Rural Development, 9005 Greenridge Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63117, 993-5599, [email protected]
At least five other local Marianists have been publicly named as credibly accused pedophiles - Fr. Robert R. Osborne, Brother John Woulfe, Brother William Mueller, Fr. Daniel A. Triulzi, and Brother Tony Pistone. Each has faced one or more civil lawsuits. Child sex abuse suits against Triulzi, Osborne and Mueller has been settled. The Marianists run Chaminade, Vianney and St. Mary’s high schools in St. Louis.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests