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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Irish predator priest to be deported, SNAP responds

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected])

We’re grateful that this dangerous predator will finally face justice. Kids are safer when child molesters are prosecuted.

We hope that this decision will bring some measure of healing and comfort to the dozens of children we suspect Fr. McCabe has sexually assaulted over the years. We also hope that it will embolden law enforcement officials – in California and elsewhere – to pursue charges against clerics who are sent overseas after abusing children. When pedophile priests cross national borders, legal cases against them become more difficult, but not necessarily impossible. It’s crucial that police and prosecutors not let international borders prevent victims from exposing dangerous predators, protecting kids.

(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 23 years and have more than 10,000 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 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, [email protected]), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])

Judge orders priest sent to Ireland

By PAUL ELIAS - The Associated Press - SAN FRANCISCO

A federal judge has ordered a former priest to return to his native Ireland to face charges that he sexually abused young boys in the 1970s and early '80s.

Patrick Joseph McCabe has denied the charges and fought extradition since surrendering to U.S. authorities in July 2010, after Irish authorities charged him with nine counts of sexual abuse.

Irish officials say McCabe admitted to investigators in 2007 that young boys dressed in uniforms and ties sexually aroused him. He further told them he obtained "satisfaction" from embracing young boys but denied abusing anyone.

On Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nandor Vadas found the Irish charges credible and ordered the 74-year-old sent back to Dublin to stand trial.

McCabe also is the subject of several lawsuits by alleged victims in Northern California.

Published: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 13:52 PST

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