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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, January 14, 2010

Lawsuit against killer priest is dismissed; abuse victims respond

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688)

We are sad that this lawsuit was dismissed, but hope others will step up, disclose crimes, take action and begin recovering.

It is tragic when proven criminals exploit legal technicalities to escape responsibility for the devastation they cause.

Toledo's bishop should publicly deplore one of his staff for taking advantage of such a legal maneuver.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around since 1988 and have more than 9,000 members across the country. 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

David Clohessy, National Director 314 566 9790

Lawsuit against killer priest is dismissed

Thursday, January 14, 2010 1:40 PM


TOLEDO -- A judge in northern Ohio has tossed out a lawsuit against a priest who was convicted of killing a nun.

The lawsuit was brought by a woman who says she was sexually abused by the priest from Toledo and was unrelated to the case that put him in prison.

In throwing out the lawsuit against the Rev. Gerald Robinson, the judge said this week that the claims are too old to be brought to court.

The woman who made the claims against Robinson said he and other man started abusing her in 1968.

Robinson has been in prison for nearly four years following his conviction in the killing of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl. Her body was found Easter weekend in 1980 inside a hospital chapel where both worked.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests