The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Notorious fugitive predator priest dies
Clergy sex abuse victims seek others he hurt
Group will write names of 17 pedophiles on sidewalk
Each is a “proven, admitted or credibly accused” local cleric
SNAP blasts Sacramento bishop for “continued secrecy & inaction”
Prelate should “reach out” to others who might have been abused, group says
They will also beg Sacramento’s bishop to
He was accused of molesting more than two dozen children in four states (CA, MD, CT & NM) and Mexico. In 1993, allegations of sexual misconduct arose against Brett in Sacramento and he was suspended from ministry
SNAP wants Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto to make announcements in parish bulletins, pulpits and websites (parishes and diocesan) about Brett, urging anyone who was hurt to come forward and get help. The group is also asking Soto to personally visit any places Brett worked, spreading the same message.
Often, SNAP says, when a child molester dies, more of his victims feel free to speak up, especially if invited or prodded to do so by authorities. SNAP wants Soto (and the two Caribbean bishops where Brett most recently lived) to use their considerable resources to do this, and to also urge others with knowledge of Brett’s crimes to contact law enforcement so that anyone who helped Brett might be prosecuted (deterring future similar crimes and deceit).
During Brett’s years abroad, four individuals (two Connecticut Catholic priests and two Maryland Catholic lay people) kept in touch with Brett, despite his fugitive status. When this was publicly disclosed in 2002, the two priests were disciplined by their bishop. SNAP fears that perhaps current or former Sacramento church staff or members may have also hidden Brett’s whereabouts from law enforcement. The group wants Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto to initiate a formal investigation to see if any such wrongdoing has occurred here.
After leaving a New Mexico treatment center around 1965, Brett was sent to the Sacramento Diocese in 1965. SNAP isn’t sure where in the Sacramento area he worked.
Finally, SNAP wants Soto to do what 24 US bishops have done: for the sake of public safety, post on his archdiocesan websites the names and whereabouts of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics.
According to a Boston-based independent research group called BishopAccoutnabilty.org, there are 16 publicly accused Sacramento diocesan priests, nuns and seminarians.
(SNAP notes that the actual number of Sacramento area pedophile priests is likely much higher because BishopAccountability.org lists only those clerics against whom allegations have been lodge in the public domain – in civil lawsuits, criminal prosecution or news accounts.)
In 2002, Baltimore became the first US diocese to disclose names. A good current example is the Philadelphia archdiocese: http://archphila.org/protection/Updates/update_main.htm. Here is a list of all the dioceses that have disclosed names: http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AtAGlance/lists.htm
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests