The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Monday, March 7, 2011
Catholic predator must pay $42,000; 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 are grateful that at least some of the Haitian boys abused by a prominent Catholic offender will get some financial help. We hope that those who commit and conceal child sex crimes get a clear signal – eventually, you will pay for your wrongdoing.
We also hope that independent sources are found to handle these funds. Given the role of Catholic institutions in promoting and protecting this child molester, it’s hard to trust that they’ll be trustworthy.
(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 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 SNAPnetwork.org)
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 U.S. to seize $42,000 from Perlitz
Michael P. Mayko, Staff Writer - Monday, March 7, 2011
NEW HAVEN -- A federal judge ordered the government to seize $42,000 from three of Douglas Perlitz's accounts and use the money to provide education, counseling and other services to the young boys he sexually abused in Haiti.
But U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton stopped short of deciding how the money will be dispersed to the victims. Instead, she is expected to conduct another hearing in about a month at which representatives from Kids Alive International, an Indiana-based charity that has operations in Cap-Haitien, Haiti will attend.
Since December, Kids Alive has been providing food and overseeing the education of about 60 homeless boys displaced by the closing of Project Pierre Toussaint, a program that Perlitz established for them in Cap-Haitien. The organization has been using funds from Fairfield University and the Order of Malta, two of the primary fundraisers for the Haiti Fund, a nonprofit charity that dispersed money to Project Pierre Toussaint.
During the Monday morning hearing, both Assistant U.S. Attorney Krishna Patel and Michael McCooey, chairman of the nearly defunct Haiti Fund, said rumors of expected large cash payouts have led to some of the victims threatening Kids Alive supervisors in Haiti.
"Ten dollars becomes $10,000 becomes 10 million dollars, "McCooey said of the rumor mill in Haiti. "The boys think the court is sitting on millions and millions of dollars here."
He told Arterton that both Fairfield University and the Order of Malta each agreed to provide $11,000 for vocational, educational and counseling programs, with the money provided through periodic payments.
However, the judge said she is "leery" of the court handling money coming from private institutions. Instead, she suggested the university and the Order of Malta look for a way to dispense the money in Haiti.
Arterton sentenced Perlitz, 40, an honored Fairfield University graduate, to 19 years and seven months in prison. While he pleaded guilty to a single charge, he also acknowledged what prosecutors said was his systematic and prolonged abuse of at least 16 of his students. He has almost $42,000 divided among a bank and two IRA accounts.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests