The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Ex-Rogersville teacher sues; Sex abuse victims respond
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)
This is a textbook child molester’s response – to claim that in fact, he’s the one who’s been victimized.
We applaud the university for putting the safety of students first, and for ousting a credibly accused sex offender. And we deplore Barrett’s legal maneuver and PR ploy to win sympathy.
Why didn’t Barrett wait until the child sex abuse case against him was resolved before suing? We strongly suspect it’s because he wants to use his new litigation to scare other victims and witnesses into staying silent, and fearing that they too will be sued if they speak up.
Let’s hope Barrett’s gambit backfires. Let’s hope that everyone who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes finds the courage to speak up, call police, get help, protect others and start healing.
(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 for 22 years 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 SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688)
Fired music professor sues UNI
By JEFF REINITZ, [email protected] | Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2010
WATERLOO - University of Northern Iowa music professor Bradley T. Barrett was fired in December after a former high school student of his sued him for alleged sexual abuse.
Now Barrett is suing UNI and the Iowa Board of Regents alleging discrimination, harassment and breach of contact.
In a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids, Barrett's attorney, David Dutton of Waterloo, said the former professor was terminated because of his sexual orientation following a UNI investigation that wasn't conducted according to any university procedure and found no sexual misconduct.
UNI officials declined to comment on the lawsuit and said the Iowa Attorney General's Office would be handling the legal matter. Officials confirmed that Barrett's last day on the job was Dec. 1 but declined to release other details.
Barrett, 50, taught junior high and high school music at the Logan-Rogersville School District in Missouri in the 1990s, and he was hired by UNI in 2002. In February 2009, he was promoted associate professor.
Then in April 2009, a former student from the Missouri school filed a suit against Barrett and the school district alleging he was sexually abused by the instructor between 1992 and 1995.
The student, Adam Walker, now 31, also hosted a press conference outside UNI to announce the legal action.
Walker's suit is still pending in U.S. District Court of Missouri.
UNI swiftly placed Barrett on administrative leave.
Barrett filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission in August, and he was terminated Dec. 1, according to court records.
He appealed his firing through university procedures, but the matter is still pending.
In records submitted as part of the suit, Barrett said Walker's accusations are "false." He said he was disturbed by the university investigation that inquired about his sexuality and his current sexual partners.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests