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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Monday, April 25, 2011

Victims blast another delay in pedophile priest case

Statement by Barbara Dorris Outreach Director 314-862-7688 [email protected] Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Our hearts ache for the men who were assaulted as kids by Fr. Jerry Howard. How long will this predator and his lawyer get to delay justice? These brave but wounded men deserve some closure. And citizens and Catholics deserve to know this child molester will remain behind bars. We urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to call police so Howard can be effectively prosecuted.

(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])


Hearing on former Boonville priest postponed until June

By Eric Berger - Boonville Daily News -Posted Apr 25, 2011 @ 01:14 PM

Boonville —

A judge granted a continuance on a hearing scheduled for Monday morning on a case involving a former Boonvile priest suspected of sexual abuse.

Gerald Howard’s next hearing is scheduled for June 27 in the 18th Circuit Court of Cooper County.

Cooper County Prosecutor Doug Abele said Friday the sides continue to collect depositions from witnesses across the country, and Howard’s defense attorney requested the continuance for discovery purposes.

Howard, who police arrested in New Jersey, remains at Cooper County Detention Center. He is charged with three three counts of forcible sodomy, three counts of attempted forcible sodomy, and two counts of kidnapping.

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