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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, July 19, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI removes Youngstown priest; SNAP responds

Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511

The Youngstown diocese announced that Fr. Thomas Crum has been defrocked because of credible allegations of sexually abusing a minor. SNAP asks anyone who has knowledge of his misdeeds or who has been harmed by Crum to please contact law enforcement.

Victims worry where Crum is located, if he is being watched, and if he is being kept away from children.

Often, when one victim of a predator discloses information, others sit back and feel like the obligation to report is somehow lessened. But it's important for everyone with information about clergy sex crimes to come forward.

We urge anyone who was injured by Crum or any clergy in the Youngstown diocese to call police officials, not church officials.

Child sex crimes, however old, should be investigated by the independent professionals in law enforcement, not the biased amateurs in church offices. There may still be a possibility that Crum's crimes could be prosecutable.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. It has been around for 22 years and has more than 9,000 members across the country. Despite the word "priest" in the title, SNAP has members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers.)

Contact: David Clohessy, 314 566 9790,, [email protected]

Pope Benedict XVI Removes Youngstown Priest

The Diocese of Youngstown announced that they have been notified by the Vatican that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the request of Thomas Crum and removed him from the priesthood.

Crum was removed from active priesthood in 2001 in response to credible accusations of sexual misconduct involving a minor. After these accusations were made public, Crum sought removal from the priesthood.

The diocese said that removal from the priesthood means that in accord with canon law, he may not function as a priest anywhere, with the exception of offering absolution to the dying.

Crum was placed on leave in June 2009 after being accused of sexual misconduct with a student when he taught at Cardinal Mooney in the mid-1970s.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests