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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Predator priest plotted murder of his victim, SNAP responds

Statement by David Clohessy Executive Director of SNAP 314 566 9790

Let’s hope that no church officials or members help Fiala pay his bail and walk out of jail. When predators like Fiala are behind bars, everyone is safer.

And let’s hope that every person who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes – in Missouri, Texas, or Nebraska – will come forward, get help, call police, protect others and start healing.

This is a reminder that predator priests, even after being suspended or defrocked, are dangerous.

(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)

Ex-priest arrested for plotting the murder of teen who accused him of rape at gunpoint

By Daily Mail Reporter - Last updated at 12:00 PM on 23rd November 2010

Authorities say a former Roman Catholic priest charged with sexually abusing a teenage boy and raping him at gunpoint is now accused of plotting the teen's murder.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety says 52-year-old John Fiala was arrested at his suburban Dallas home after meeting with an undercover officer to arrange for the teen's death.

Agency spokesman Tom Vinger tells the San Antonio Express-News that an informant told sheriff's officials that Fiala offered him $5,000 to kill the teen.

The teen filed a lawsuit in April alleging he was sexually assaulted by Fiala in 2007 and 2008.

In September the priest was arrested and indicted on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated sexual assault by threat. He was freed on bond.

The teen says the abuse took place during private catechism classes and in a hotel room.

The lawsuit also claims archdioceses covered up Fiala's record of abuse.

The Omaha, Nebraska archdiocese has since revealed that in 2002 a minor came forward to report a sexual assault by Fiala in the mid-1980s, according to the Express-News.

The teen is relieved his alleged abuser is now behind bars.

'Fiala had threatened him with physical violence and threatened to kill him before, and he was very afraid of that,' the teen's attorney Tom Rhodes said.

'My client wasn't happy that Fiala was trying to recruit someone to kill him, but he's happy Fiala is in jail now.'

Jail records show Fiala now faces a count of murder solicitation.

Bail is set at $700,000.

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