The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
For immediate release: Wednesday, Feb. 16
For more info: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, [email protected]
Sentencing Friday for admitted predator priest
Child molesting cleric spent time in two Pennsylvania cities
A judge will issue a sentence on Friday for a priest who worked in New Hampshire and who pled guilty in September to molesting an 11 year old girl.
In September, Fr. Felix Owino, 44, entered a guilty plea in Fairfax Virginia Circuit Court to a felony charge of aggravated sexual battery. Owino also spent time in Reading PA in the Allentown diocese from 2001 to 2002.
Leaders of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is urging the judge to give Owino the longest sentence possible in order to keep him away from kids.
"We suspect there are other crimes for which Owino could be prosecuted and convicted, which could keep him behind bars even longer," says Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director. "We are deeply concerned that he may have harmed other children who in West Virginia."
Off and on between 1997 and 2005, Owino attended Dusquene University and St. Bede's parish in Pittsburgh. More recently, from 2008 to 2010, Owino worked at Wheeling Jesuit College in WV while pastoring at St. Paul's parish in Weirton, WV. From 2005 to 2007 he worked at Magdalen College in New Hampshire as chaplain for the students, faculty, staff, families, and high school summer youth programs.
“Child predators rarely stop molesting. That’s especially true of highly educated and savvy ones like Owino,” said David Clohessy of SNAP. “We hope the judge understands this sad fact.”
“It’s still not too late, for anyone with information about Owino to come forward to police and prosecutors,” Jones emphasized. “When victims, witnesses, and whistleblowers stay silent, nothing changes and kids get assaulted. But when victims, witnesses, and whistleblowers speak up, at least there’s a chance for prevention, healing, and justice.”
Owino is a native of Nairobi, Kenya. His photo and work history is available at http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Owino_Felix_aj.htm
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 22 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact: Judy Jones, (636-433-2511, [email protected],) David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests