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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, July 28, 2011

Catholic priest in Nashville indicted; SNAP responds

Statement by Peter Isely of Milwaukee, national board member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (414-429-7259, [email protected])

Let’s hope that every person who has any information or suspicions that could shed light on these allegations will find the courage and strength to call police so that the full truth might become clear.

If you have knowledge or suspicions - however old, small or seemingly insignificant - about clergy sex crimes, it's your moral and civic duty to call police. Please summon the courage to do what's right, call law enforcement and hopefully prevent more devastated lives.

Finally, let's hope that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes by any cleric will find the get help, call police, expose wrongdoers, protect others and start healing.

(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])

Catholic priest in Nashville indicted in sex case

Published 09:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A priest at a Catholic church in Nashville has been indicted on three counts of sexual battery.

Police said Wednesday that 52-year-old Luis Garcia-Barreto of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church is accused of groping and inappropriately touching a 49-year-old female employee at the church.

He surrendered and was released after posting $85,000 bond.

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