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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, May 17, 2010

Priest accused of sexual abuse brought to Missouri; SNAP responds

Statement by Peter Isely of Milwaukee, national board member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (414-429-7259)

We’re very grateful that Howard is in custody and hope he stays there. He’s a shrewd serial predator who must still be considered a danger to kids.

We’re convinced that others he hurt, in MO and NJ, are still suffering in shame, silence, confusion and self-blame. We hope they’ll find the strength to step forward. Kids are safest when victims and witnesses speak up.

Contrary to the most recent AP report, we believe Howard’s still technically a priest and hasn’t been defrocked yet though church officials claim they’ve started the process.

(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

Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Peter Isely (414-429-7259), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)

Priest accused of sexual abuse brought to Mo.

by Monica Madeja Posted: 05.17.2010 at 9:56 AM

COOPER COUNTY (AP) -- A former Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing young boys has been brought back to Missouri.

Gerald Howard faces charges in Cooper County of sexually abusing parishioners in Boonville.

Howard was a priest there in the 1980's, and used the name Father Carmine Sita.

He most recently lived in New Jersey.

Last week, Essex County, New Jersey Prosecutors finalized the plans to extradite Howard.

He was brought to Missouri by car with two Cooper County deputies late Friday night.

His first court appearance is a formal arraignment now scheduled for May 24th.

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