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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Friday, July 15, 2011

6th KC area Catholic man accused of sexual misdeeds in 2 months

Statement by Mike Hunter of Kansas City, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (913 634 6490, [email protected], [email protected])

For the sixth time in the last three months, a man connected to the Catholic church in Kansas City has been accused of or removed for sexual misdeeds.

Yesterday, an seminarian, studying to become a Catholic priest was arrested on child porn charges. He’s Nicholas Pinkston of Warrensburg and his alleged crimes happened last year. He's been kicked out of a St. Louis seminary.

Church records aren’t clear on whether Pinkston was sponsored by the Kansas City MO Catholic diocese. After being ordained, he would have worked for the Kansas City MO Catholic diocese.

In the past few months, other KC area clerics who allegedly committed sexual misconduct include Msgr. Robert Murphy, Fr. James Tierney, Fr. James Urbanic, Fr. Bede Parry and Fr. Shawn Ratigan. (All but Parry are still in the KC area. All but Parry and Pinkston were in active ministry when they were accused. Murphy still is.)

Murphy’s misdeeds involved a prospective seminarian who was technically an adult at the time of the offenses. Each of the others is accused of child sex crimes.

We feel deeply sorry for local Catholics and the shame and confusion many of them must feel. But we feel even more sorry for those who have been victimized by these men and other Catholic officials. And we hope that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered their crimes or misdeeds comes forward and gets help, especially from independent sources, not church sources.

(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])


Ex-seminarian faces child porn charge • A former Roman Catholic seminarian at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary has been accused of attempting to receive child pornography through the mail. Nickolas Eugene Pinkston, 40, of Warrensburg, Mo., and whose name is also spelled Nicholas in court files, was indicted Wednesday in federal court in Kansas City. Officials allege Pinkston tried to receive child pornography between May 10 and Oct. 24, 2010. The alleged crime happened after Pinkston was dismissed from the seminary Jan. 10, 2010, when church officials learned he was involved in a relationship with an adult woman, according to the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Pinkston, who also apparently uses the name R.A. Manfir, began seminary in 2007 and served at Ascension, Our Lady of the Presentation and St. Ambrose parishes. The archdiocese said it is not aware of any inappropriate behavior in connection of any of his work at the parishes. Officials said he was responsible for leading confirmation classes for children. Federal prosecutors are also seeking the forfeiture of a laptop computer and hard drive. If convicted of the charge, Pinkston could face five to 20 years in prison.

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