Three-four adults who were sexually abused as kids and belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

5th accuser names priest as predator in the 2000s

He's just filed a new civil abuse & cover-up lawsuit

Cleric IS ON THE JOB RIGHT NOW & never been suspended

SNAP: "Nowhere in the US have we seen such recklessness"

Victims beg archbishop “for kids' safety, oust the priest now”

Churchgoers should "stop donating & insist on explanations"

WHAT
Wearing masks and socially distancing while holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will
---announce that fifth accuser has stepped forward to naming a currently-serving local pastor as a child molester,
---provide copies of a new child sex abuse and cover-up lawsuit against the priest who is still a pastor now,
---beg St. Louis’ archbishop to immediately suspend the cleric, &
---beg Catholics to stop donating "until the archdiocese explains why they're violating church policy by never even suspending the cleric."

WHEN
Thursday, Feb. 10 at 1:15 p.m.

WHERE
On the sidewalk outside the “new” cathedral, 4431 Lindell Blvd, (corner of Newstead) in the Central West End in St. Louis

WHO
Three-four adults who were sexually abused as kids and belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
WHY
A new civil lawsuit charges that a currently-serving St. Louis pastor molested Christian Hornbeck, a boy at an orphanage here in the 1990s/2000s. It’s the fifth time Fr. Alex Anderson has been publicly accused of abuse. Yet he remains on the job in a parish today in the archdiocese.
And he has never even been suspended, SNAP says, despite a 20-year-old national Catholic church policy mandating such a move when abuse allegations surface.
“In the 30+ years we’ve followed this crisis, the case of Fr. Anderson is the most inexplicably and egregiously reckless one we’ve ever seen,” says SNAP’s David Clohessy.
In 2002, archdiocesan officials publicly admitted that Fr. Anderson was accused of abusing a boy. They claim the accuser recanted.

That same year, archdiocesan officials publicly revealed that Fr. Anderson had been accused of abusing a second boy.
With the approval of his church superiors, Fr. Anderson then sued the second boy for slander, insisting on a retraction. That boy then countersued.
https://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/27/us/accuser-of-priest-sued-for-defamation-responds-with-a-countersuit.html

In 2004, a third accuser reported his abuse by Fr. Anderson to a church panel. The panel deemed his report “not credible” with no public explanation of why.
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2004_01_06/2004_01_17_Lhotka_ActivistsWill.htm
Later in 2004, the archdiocese gave the second boy a settlement of $22,500. Then, the lawsuits between Fr. Anderson and the second boy were dropped.
Last year, a fourth man, identified as John Doe, charged that Fr. Anderson molested him at the same orphanage, St. Joseph’s Home for Boys in south St. Louis city.
Last week, Hornbeck formally accused Fr. Anderson of abuse during a deposition by church lawyers. Today, he filed a civil lawsuit against the priest and the archdiocese.
Fr. Anderson lived and worked at the home from 1983-1988 but came back to work there periodically after that time.
Since 2008, Fr. Anderson has headed St. Rose of Lima parish in DeSoto (636.337.2212, 636.337.2394)
He has also worked at St. Pius in St. Louis (1979), St. Blaise in Maryland Heights (1980), Immaculate Heart of Mary in St. Louis (1980-1981), St. Simon's in Concord Village (1981-1983), St. Andrew's in Lemay (1988-1992), Assumption in Mattese (1993) and Sacred Heart in Eureka (2008). http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Anderson_Alexander_R.htm

As best SNAP can tell, each parish where Fr. Anderson worked has or had a parochial school.
http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/1999_03_02_Bryant_JuryHits_James_Gummersbach_4.htm
Accusers #4 and #5 (Hornbeck) are represented by attorney Rebecca Randles (816 510 2704 cell, 816 931 9901, [email protected])
Photos of Anderson are at BishopAccountability.org
Hornbeck is now married, employed, and lives in Georgia.

CONTACT
David Clohessy 314 566 9790, [email protected], Doug Lay 314 646 9316

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  • Michael McDonnell
    published this page in Media Events 2022-02-09 18:46:22 -0600

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