The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

Four Recent Cases Show Church Officials
Have Not Reformed


1) In January, the Grand Rapids bishop claimed he just 'found' a 1993 admission of child sexual abuse by Fr. David LeBlanc in the diocesan files. He suspended LeBlanc, but took no action to determine who else in the diocese knew of the admission and kept silent, enabling a known predator to stay in active parish ministry for 14 years (and five years after the bishops' much-touted 'Dallas charter' was passed.)

2) In Fresno, CA, a civil trial was held in November 2006. Fr. Swearingen was accused of molested Juan Rocha as a boy. The jury found Swearingen guilty. (They deadlocked on whether church officials knew about the abuse.) But the Fresno bishop is keeping Swearingen in active parish ministry even now.

3) In Los Angeles, church and school officials were questioned by police about current child sex abuse allegations against John Malburg. Malburg was a Catholic hi school principal from a politically prominent family. The archdiocese didn't suspend him. They told no one about the investigation. Six months later, Malburg was arrested and criminally charged. Parents asked church officials "Why didn't you tell us? Why didn't you suspend him?" Cardinal Mahony's guy told the LA Times "Law enforcement told us to keep quiet." The next day, in the LA Times, prosecutors said they never made any such request.

4) In Yakima, the local newspaper reported that Fr. Darell Mitchell, who'd been caught with naked photos of young boys on his computer, was quietly working in a St. Louis parish with a parochial school. It turned out to be true. And it was the second time in a year that a sexually troubled priest from another state was transferred to this one inner city St. Louis parish. In neither case was anyone warned.

Yakima Herald-Republic 12.21.06;

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (AP) 12.21.06;

Yakima Herald-Republic 12.23.06;

KNDO/KNDU 12.24.06 ;

Yakima Herald-Republic 1.07.07;

Yakima Herald-Republic 1.07.07 (2nd);

Seattle Post-Intelligencer 1.11.07;

Yakima Herald-Republic 1.12.07;

St. Louis Post Dispatch 1.12.07





Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests