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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lawyer to file suits alleging sex abuse: Ocala priest named; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Blaine, SNAP president 312 399 4747

We commend these two brave individuals who are courageously and wisely using the time-tested court system to expose predators and seek justice. It's never easy to overcome fears and take legal action against pedophiles, but it's the right thing to do to safeguard others.

We hope that every person who saw, suspected or suffered abuse by these clerics will find the strength and courage to call police, expose wrongdoers, protect others, and start healing.

(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 9,000 members across the globe. 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

Contacts: David Clohessy (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312 399 4747), Mark Serrano (703 727 4940), Peter Isely (414 429 7259), Barbara Dorris (314 503 0003)

Lawyer to file suits alleging sex abuse: Ocala priest named
By Suevon Lee
Staff Writer

Published: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 1:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 1:36 p.m.

A Pinellas Park attorney plans to file later today a pair of lawsuits alleging sexual abuse against two Catholic priests, the Diocese of Gary, Indiana, and the Diocese of Orlando.

One of these complaints will name as a defendant the Rev. Patrick Sheedy, pastor at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Ocala, according to a spokesman for the law firm Saunders & Walker.

That allegation concerns activity from the 1970s involving a minor who is now a man living in Pinellas County, said the spokesman.

Joseph H. Saunders, the personal injury attorney who is representing the alleged victims, will hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. today in front of the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando.

The complaints will be filed at the Orlando County Courthouse.

Contact Suevon Lee at 867-4065 or [email protected].

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests