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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

SNAP responds to new clergy sex abuse lawsuit

Statement by Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434 cell

We hope this legal action brings some measure of comfort and healing to this individual. We applaud him for taking steps to expose the truth about this child molesting cleric.

We hope this step will encourage others who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by this priest to step forward, get help, expose wrongdoing 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)

Man sues Ore. archdiocese for $2.8M, claims rape

May 25, 2010 10:19 am

A man has filed a $2.8 million federal lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Portland, claiming he was raped by a priest when he was a child.

The man was identified only by his initials in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court accusing Father Leonard Plocinski of raping him in the late 1970s, when he was an altar boy of 8 or 9 at St. Phillip's Catholic Church in Dallas, Ore.

The complaint accuses the archdiocese, its Roman Catholic Archbishop and St. Phillip's of sexual battery of a child, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence.

A spokesman for the archdiocese said the allegation against Plocinski was the first ever made against the priest, who died in 1995.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests