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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

IL predator priest is free again; SNAP responds

Statement by Barbara Blaine, president and founder of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747)

Campobello’s victims should feel very proud of themselves for having the strength to speak up, the wisdom to call police, and the persistence to protect kids by exposing this child molesting cleric. Children are safer because of their bravery.

We also hope that others who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Campobello’s crimes and church officials’ complicity will come forward. Kids are best safeguarded when pedophiles like Campobello are behind bars, and that will only happen if others with information about wrongdoing contact law enforcement.

It’s easy to do nothing. But that’s what child predators count on us doing. It’s crucial that adults who know about Campobello’s crimes honor their civic and moral duty to speak up and stop future abuse.

Any reasonable person would consider Campobello still dangerous. We hope Catholic officials will use their considerable resources to warn Illinois families about this pedophile.

(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. 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), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)

Former Rockford priest released from prison
Posted: Jul 28, 2010 10:56 AM CDT

ROCKFORD (WREX) - A former priest in the Rockford Diocese is a free man again.

Mark Campobello, 45, was convicted of sexual abuse several years ago in the Chicago suburbs. The victims sued the Rockford Diocese, which settled the case for $2.2 million.

Campobello has been held in a prison in Lincoln on a technical parole violation for about a year. He was released by the Illinois Department of Corrections on Wednesday morning and boarded a train to the Chicago area where he is going to live in Crystal Lake. He has three days to register with the state's sex offender registry list.

A group that represents victims of sexual abuse by priests say they're worried Campobello is still a danger.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests