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Twelve more accused priests are ‘outed’ here

Some have attracted zero attention in Sac area

Six spent time at prestigious Carmichael school

Most allegedly assaulted children in other places

But each of them is or was in northern California

At least one, however, reportedly hurt two local kids

“Each day a predator is hidden, kids are at risk,” victim says

SNAP: “Catholic officials should post ALL predators’ names NOW

WHAT

Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, attorneys and clergy sex abuse victims will disclose that twelve publicly ‘outed’ and accused predator priests spent time in Sacramento but remain largely “under the radar.” Most were sued, charged or ousted in other states but escaped scrutiny here.

They will also push Catholic officials to write to school alums urging them to report any abuse at Jesuit High, where at least six of the publicly accused predators worked, including one cleric who is accused of molesting two kids at the Carmichael school.

And they’ll prod Sacramento’s bishop to “stop delaying,”

--post his own ‘accused’ offenders list,

--include ALL alleged predators (nuns, priests, brothers, bishops, seminarians & lay staff), &

--provide photos, whereabouts and full work histories of all the accused.

WHEN

Friday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE

On the sidewalk outside Jesuit High School, 1200 Jacob Lane in Carmichael CA

WHO

Two Sacramento attorneys and a Missouri child sex abuse victim who is the former long-time director of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

WHY

1) More than half of the nearly 200 US Catholic bishops have released names of child molesting clerics, most of them under pressure over the last few months.

https://wgntv.com/2019/01/03/a-reckoning-is-underway-in-us-catholic-church/

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/AtAGlance/diocesan_and_order_lists.htm

Two bishops took this step back in 2002 and dozens have done so since.

Last October, Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto (916 733 0100) promised to disclose such names. But he still hasn’t done so and SNAP believes he’s being “reckless with the safety of kids.”

The group has discovered and is disclosing a list of twelve publicly accused clergy sex offenders who spent time in the Sacramento diocese. Six of them worked at Jesuit High in Carmichael. For nearly 40 years (1963 to 1999), one or more credibly accused child molesting clerics worked at the school.

Most of the accused priests have been ‘outed’ by Catholic officials and posted on official church lists of ‘credibly accused clerics.’ Many of them have also been sued. The clerics’ names - and details about them – are at the end of this advisory, will be posted on the SNAP website and handed out at the news conference.

SNAP wants Jesuit officials and Soto to permanently and prominently post the names of ALL proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting church staff on school and church websites, making no distinction between diocesan clerics and religious order clerics, or between living or deceased predators. That list should also include photos, whereabouts and full work assignments, SNAP says. The posting should also urge victims, witnesses and witnesses to contact the California attorney general who has asked abuse victims to step forward.

2) SNAP is especially prodding those who were victimized by Brother William Farrington to call the AG. In 2012, a man reported to the Jesuits that Br. Farrington molested him at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose in the late 1960s. School officials found the accusations credible and sent letters to hundreds of former students.

In 2002, Farrington was removed from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles after allegations surfaced that he also molested two boys at Jesuit High in Sacramento, where he was involved with both the swim and basketball teams. SNAP suspects the Jesuits did not report Br. Farrington’s alleged crimes to police.

He is reportedly living at a Jesuit facility in Los Gatos.

CONTACT

Dr. Joseph C. George 916-802-7959 cell, 916-641-7300, David Clohessy 314-566-9790, davidgclohessy@gmail.com, Zach Hiner 517-974-9009, zhiner@snapnetwork.org

Publicly accused Sacramento clerics who are ‘under the radar’ 4/19

--Fr. Laurence X. Brett, who is accused of abusing more than two dozen altar boys and others in CT, NM, MD and CA. The Bridgeportdiocese sent Fr. Brett to Servants of the Paraclete in NM in 1964 after parents of one victim complained to papal nuncio and Fr. Brett admitted the abuse. A settlement for $250,000 was paid in 1994 to two victims Fr. Brett molested in Sacramento CA.

From 1972-1974, he worked at a Baltimore school where at least 12 boys allege he abused them.

In 1993, then Bridgeport-Bishop Edward Egan removed Fr. Brett from ministry when a civil child sex abuse lawsuit was filed. That same year, he fled to the Caribbean island of Martinique but reportedly continued his contacts with children there. In 2002, reporters located Fr. Brett on the island but he fled again.

In 2002, he was included on the Baltimore archdiocese’s ‘accused’ list 9/25/02 and in 2017, he was put on the Santa Fe archdiocese’s ‘accused’ list.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/assign/Brett_Laurence_F_X.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/1997_08_12_Renner_DioceseDisavows_Lawrence_Brett_9.htm

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/diocesan_lists/Bridgeport/2019_03_22_Bridgeport_Clergy_Settlements_PDF_Version.pdf

--Fr. Melvin (Mel) Bucher, a Franciscan who worked at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Sacramento from 1977-1988. Ordained in 1961, he also spent time in one Washington city (Spokane), in three Oregon towns Troutdale and Salem) and four other California towns (Oakland, Hayward, San Luis Rey and Oceanside) before reportedly retiring in 2006.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/assign/Portland_OR.htm#Bucher

--Fr. Louis "Louie" Wayne Ladenburger, who was at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Sacramento (with a parochial school) from 1984-1985. Ordained a Franciscan in 1963, he worked in parishes, high schools and retreat centers in dioceses including Stockton CA, Oakland CA, Phoenix AZ, Portland OR, El Paso TX, Spokane WA, Seattle WA, and Reno-Las Vegas NV. Fr. Ladenburger earned a doctorate degree in divinity from the UC-Berkeley and became a licensed marriage and family as well as chemical dependency therapist.

In the 1980s, he was treated twice for what the Franciscans called "inappropriate professional behavior and relationships." Both times, he was allowed to return to ministry. In 1993, his order restricted Fr. Ladenburger's ministry after they had him undergo another psychological evaluation due to "heightened concern and new awareness of abuse issues." Ladenburger refused the restrictions and went on leave of absence.

He asked for a dispensation of his vows and was laicized by the Vatican in March 1996. He was hired as a therapist in 2006 by an Idahoschool for high-risk teenage boys. In 2007, he was fired after two boys accused him of sexual abuse, including fondling and oral sex. He admitted to abusing one of the boys. He was arrested in June and charged with three counts of sexual battery of a minor between the ages of 16 and 17. In a plea agreement in November 2007, Fr. Landenburger pleaded guilty to one count of felony sexual misconduct. He was sentenced to up to five years in prison, with the possibility of parole after six months.

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Ladenburger_Louis_Wayne_OFM.htm


--Fr. Michael M. Garry, who was accused by a New Jersey woman of repeatedly molesting and stalking her for thee years in 1950s and 1960s, beginning when she was eleven years old. The abuse included digital penetration and done under the guise of confession. Fr. Garry worked in the Sacramento diocese, Trenton diocese and the Newark archdiocese. A native of Ireland, he may have started as a Benedictine, was ordained in Rome, retired in 1981 and died in 1988.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/assign/Garry_Rev_Michael_M.htm

--Fr. Jose Ribeiro, who worked at St. Elizabeth’s parish Sacramento (from 1975-1981). He was also at St. Clare's parish in Santa Clara(1975-1981), the University of San Francisco (1982-1991) and reportedly returned to his native Portugal in 1991.

In 2003, three men had filed suits alleging Ribeiro sexually abused them in 1960s in Concord. The following year, four more victims filed lawsuits against him. Earlier this year, he was put on the Oakland diocese's ‘acused’ list. In December, his Jesuit supervisors also ‘outed’ him.

http://jesuitswest.org/Assets/Publications/File/JW_List_1207_English.pdf

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2019/03_04/2019_03_04_Marnell_LamorindaCatholic.htm

--Fr. Carlton E. Whitten, who worked at Jesuit High School in Sacramento three times (from 1963-1965, from 1980-1987 and from 1992-1999). From 1990-1992, Fr. Whitten was also at the Jesuit High School Community of Sacramento in Carmichael.

Ordained in 1961, he worked in two Arizona cities (Phoenix and Peoria) two Washington towns (Port Townsend and White Salmon) and several other California cities (Los Gatos, San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo).

In 2007, Fr. Whitten was put on leave while the order investigated an allegation of child sexual abuse. He was included in the Los Angeles archdiocese’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. Fr. Whitten is believed to be living at the SacredHeart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos.

http://jesuitswest.org/Assets/Publications/File/JW_List_1207_English.pdf

https://www.andersonadvocates.com/PriestList/1858/Father-Carlton-E.-Whitten-S.J..aspx

--Fr. Angelo C. Mariano, who worked at St. Ignatius parish in Sacramento in 1990. He also worked in San Jose and Los Gatos. In December, he was ‘outed’ by the Jesuits.

http://jesuitswest.org/Assets/Publications/File/JW_List_1207_English.pdf

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2019/03_04/2019_03_04_Marnell_LamorindaCatholic.htm

--Fr. Stephen E. Speciale who worked at Jesuit High School in Carmichael from 1979-1982.

He also spent time in Berkeley and San Jose. In December, he was ‘outed’ by the Jesuits.

http://jesuitswest.org/Assets/Publications/File/JW_List_1207_English.pdf

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Speciale_Stephen_E_sj.htm

--Fr. Charles J. Onorato, who was at Jesuit High School in Carmichael twice (from 1967-1970 and again from 1980-1987). He also spent time in Los Altos, Montecito and San Jose. In December, he was ‘outed’ by the Jesuits.

--Fr. Gunter Klingenbrunner, who was at Jesuit High School in Carmichael from 1984-1985. In December, he was ‘outed’ by the Jesuits.

--Fr. Philip Sunseri, who was at Jesuit High School in Carmichael from 1973-1975. He also spent time in Phoenix. In December, he was ‘outed’ by the Jesuits.

--Fr. William J. Wood, who was at Jesuit High School in Carmichael (from 1979–1984). He also spent time in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Los Gatos, San Jose and Santa Clara and abroad (Belgium and Italy). In December, he was ‘outed’ by the Jesuits.


Fifty new reports filed against abusive priest

They also ‘out’ three publicly accused clerics

Victims urge others to contact Attorney General

What:

Holding signs and childhood pictures at a sidewalk news conference, clergy abuse victims and an attorney will disclose

--that more than 50 women have now reported being molested by an Oakland priest, and

--the names of – and details about - at least three publicly and credibly accused abusive clerics who have been left off the diocese’s official ‘accused clerics.

They will also

--urge others who may be “suffering in silence, to also step forward, and

--push Oakland Catholic officials to do “aggressive outreach” to those who may have be hurt by clerics to report to law enforcement, and

--launch a special outside investigation into who in the church knew of or suspected and ignored or hid Fr. Breen’s crimes.

When:

Thursday, April 18 at 1:00pm

Where:

Outside of the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St. in Oakland, CA

Who:

Several abuse victims, a Sacramento attorney who represents dozens of the accusers, and a Missouri man who was assaulted by a priest and is the former long time head of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

Why:

In November 2018, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra created a new website page asking anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse or has information regarding sexual

misconduct by clergy members to fill out an online complaint or email ClergyAbuse@doj.ca.gov

Since then, more than 50 women, most still in northern California, have done so, disclosing child sexual abuse by serial perpetrator Fr. Vincent Breen. According to a 2005 news account, Fr. Breen may have molested 100 kids.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/2005_05_19_Avila_LocalChurch_Vincent_Breen_20.htm

Oakland Catholic officials knew of Fr. Breen’s sexual abuse of children for years and did nothing.

Victims are urging Oakland church staff to “aggressively reach out to anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered Fr. Breen’s crimes and encourage them to file reports with the Attorney General’s Office so that his complicit colleagues and supervisors might be exposed and held accountable for their horrific cover-ups.”

In 1967, Sharon McCann (then 13 years old) and her mother reported Fr. Breen’s sexual abuse of Sharon to Sister Jean Higgins of the diocese. But neither the nun nor her Oakland church supervisors reported the sexual abuse to any law enforcement agency or child protective services agencies. One local church official admitted hearing “rumors” of Fr. Breen’s sexual misdeeds in 1979. An investigation by Fremont Police concluded that Breen sexually abused at least eight girls in 1981. But it wasn’t until 2005 that Oakland diocesan officials publicly admitted Fr. Breen’s wrongdoing.

Breen, a San Francisco native, was at Holy Spirit parish in Fremont for 28 years (1953-1982), was ordained in the 1930s, ‘retired’ in 1982 (in exchange for not being prosecuted) and died in 1986.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news/1987_12_31_Cannon_LocalDioceses.htm

(NOTE: The Attorney General’s investigation is apparently not solely focused on one specific faith group.)

2) In February, Oakland Bishop Michael Barber released a list of 45 accused clerics

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/02/18/oakland-diocese-releases-list-of-clergy-who-sexually-abused-children/

However, SNAP has discovered and is disclosing the names of three publicly accused abusive cleric who are NOT on Barber’s ‘accused’ list. They are:

--Fr .Kenneth Hamilton, who was sued for alleged child sexual abuse in New Orleans in 2015. The crimes reportedly happened during the 1980s. In 2018, Louisiana Catholic officials disclosed that the suit was settled. Fr. Hamilton worked in the Oakland diocese from 2015 until at least 2017 at St. Columba’s parish. He may still be working there.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2018/11_12/2018_12_20_Vargas_ClergySex.htm

--Fr. Don Flickinger, who was ordained for the Fresno diocese. A 2011 civil lawsuit accused Fr. Flickinger of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in San Jose in 2001. It also claimed abuse in the San Francisco archdiocese and the Fresno dioceses over a period of 40 years, and that church authorities were aware. The filing included statements by many other witnesses and alleged victims. A second case was filed by a woman. Another lawsuit was filed in 2012. All three cases settled in 2013 byt in 2018, he was still a priest of the Fresno diocese, despite having been permanently banned from ministry in 2006.

Last year, he was put on the San Jose diocese's ‘accused’ list and this year he was put on a similar list by the Santa Rosa diocese, noting allegations reported in 2002, 2005 and 2006.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2018/09_10/2018_10_18_Veklerov_SanJose.htm

He worked in the Oakland Diocese in 1995-1996 time frame and is now in a retirement center. Santa Barbara attorney Tim Hale represents some of his victims.

--Fr. Thomas Thing, who was a Franciscan and worked at a parish in Walnut Creek while still a novitiate. He abused in Las Vegas and is on that diocese’s ‘accused’ list. He later became a religious brother, was accused in a 2004 civil suit of abusing at least one youngster in California. That same year, he was reportedly released by his religious order.

Fr. Thing was also was one of several accused priests named in a 1995 suit that later settled. In 2011, another lawsuit was filed in Nevada alleging abuse of one youth who was a seventh-grader in North Las Vegas. A year later, that suit was settled.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2012/07_08/2012_08_17_Velazquez_FormerCatholic.htm

CONTACT

Dr. Joseph C. George, attorney for the victims (916) 802 7949 cell, (916) 641 7300 office, and David Clohessy, former executive director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314) 566 9790


Date of Media Event: Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:30am

Two say priest molested them

Both file report with CA attorney general

Alleged crimes took place at boys’ home, group says

SNAP blasts bishop for leaving some off his ‘accused’ list

Two who’ve been ‘omitted’ are ‘notoriously abusive bishops

What:

Holding signs and childhood photos at a news conference, victims and advocates will

--disclose that two local men have reported their abuse by a Sonoma cleric, and

--have filed a formal complaint with the state attorney general.

They will also blast Santa Rosa’s Catholic bishop for refusing to put the names of two credibly accused abusive clerics on his list of ‘accused’ priests.

And they’ll draw attention to three other accused clerics who worked at one Sonoma church.

When:

Wednesday, April 17, 11:30 a.m.

Where:

Outside St. Francis Solano Catholic church, 469 3rd St W. in Sonoma (where at least three publicly accused predator priests worked)

Who:

A Sacramento attorney who represents the two accusers and a Missouri man who was assaulted by a priest and is the former long time head of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

Why:

Two northern California men have filed reports with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office saying they were repeatedly molested as kids by a Catholic priest who headed a group home for at-risk teens. One did so just last week.

In 2013, Fr. John S. Crews, the executive director of Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma resigned his post after being accused of sexually abusing a boy in the 1970s, before he came to the group home. Two months ago, his name was included on a publicly-released list of clergy facing accusations of child sexual abuse by his supervisors in the Santa Rosa Catholic diocese.

http://www.santarosacatholic.org/sites/default/files/files/Press%20Release%20Santa%20Rosa%20Diocese%20January%2012%202019.pdf

The two alleged victims, identified only as John VL Doe and David Doe, are encouraging others hurt by Fr. Crews to contact law enforcement at ClergyAbuse@doj.ca.gov.

Santa Rosa diocesan officials have falsely and publicly claimed that Fr. Crews never molested children at the center. The two men want Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa to withdraw and correct this claim.

http://www.santarosacatholic.org/sites/default/files/files/Press%20Release%20Santa%20Rosa%20Diocese%20January%2012%202019.pdf

They’ll also plead with Vasa to reverse his course and, for the safety of kids and the healing of victim, to disclose names of ALL credibly accused current and former church staff, especially perpetrators from Hanna Boys Center.

“The Hanna Boys Center and the Santa Rosa diocese refused to protect the vulnerable, at-risk kids for whom they were responsible,” says Joseph C. George, Ph.D. attorney for John VL Doe and David Doe.

Before being sent to the center, Fr. Crews worked at St. Sebastian's parish in Sebastopol and St. Joseph's parish in Cotati. He was ordained in 1971 and reportedly retired in 2013.

2) SNAP will blast Vasa for “hair-splitting” for refusing to include on his ‘accused’ list

--two bishops who spent time in Santa Rosa and are credibly accused of abuse, and

--any accused priests who worked at Hannah “since that agency has its own HR, Screening and Reporting Protocols.”

Vasa’s “arbitrary and self-serving” decisions, SNAP says, “deceive the parishioners and the public and minimize the horror of abuse and cover up.” The Press Democrat reports that Hanna “is associated with the Santa Rosa diocese.” Bishop Vasa is listed on the center’s website as “a special board member.”

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7831682-181/state-looks-to-close-hanna

The two “omitted” accused clerics are Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of St. Paul MN and Bishop G. Patrick Zieman of Santa Rosa.

Zieman resigned in 1999 after a priest sued him over sexually exploitive relationship. In a 2002 lawsuit, he was accused of molesting a child for several years. Zieman is on the Los Angeles archdiocese’s list of abusive clergy as an alleged abuser of three kids there between 1967-1986. He was Santa Rosa’s bishop from 1992-999.

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Ziemann_G_Patrick.htm

Nienstedt was accused in 2013 of touching a boy's buttocks and in 2018 of having invited two boys to a hotel room to change out of wet clothes (back in 2005). An internal church investigation of his alleged sexual misconduct with adults reportedly found "sexual advances" by Nienstedt toward two priests. He resigned in 2015 soon after his archdiocese was criminally charged for contributing to child sex abuse. In 2016, he worked at the Napa Institute.

https://www.ncronline.org/news/accountability/minnesota-prelate-steps-aside-responsibilities-napa-institute

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2019/03_04/2019_03_20_Betzold_JohnNienstedt.htm

Contact:

Dr. Joseph C. George, attorney for Plaintiff (916) 802-7949 cell, (916) 641 7300 office, and David Clohessy, former executive director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314) 566 9790

davidgclohessy@gmail.com


Date of Media Event: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Bishop obtains court order in child sex case

He can now seek $7,300 from 22 year old woman

She told police Catholic coach was molesting her

Based on her report & testimony, he ended up in jail

SNAP: But church officials "exploit technicalities” & “play hardball

Their goal, group says, is to “scare other victims into staying silent

Victims deplore “this mean-spirited tactic” and write to Pope Francis

WHAT:

Holding signs and childhood photos, a 22 year old woman who was repeatedly abused as a youngster will

--disclose that Catholic officials are trying to force her to pay $7,300 in costs related to her sexual abuse and cover up lawsuit against them, and

--blast Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto for “trying to shut up victims like me.”

WHEN:

Wednesday, April 17 at 3:00pm

WHERE:

On the sidewalk outside the Sacramento Catholic diocese headquarters (‘chancery’), 2110 Broadway, (corner of 21st St.) in Sacramento

WHO:

The young victim, her Sacramento attorney, perhaps one other local victim and a Missouri man who is also an abuse victim and the former long time executive director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)

WHY:

In what’s being called “an outrageous move to silence abuse victims,” lawyers for Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto have obtained a court order allowing them to collect $7,300 from a 22 year old woman who was molested by former softball coach, when she was 15 years old. The rationale: Her civil childhood sexual abuse lawsuit against school and church officials was voluntarily withdrawn.

But there’s no doubt she was victimized and her former softball coach is responsible, SNAP says, because it was her report and testimony that landed the perpetrator in jail.

Starting in 2013, Bailey Boone was sexually abused as a sophomore by softball coach Michael Martis. He was 54. She was 15.

In 2016, he was charged with six felonies. The following year, he pled guilty to abusing Bailey and another 15 year old girl. He’s in jail now.

A month later, Bailey filed a civil case against the diocese and St. Francis High School for Martis’ sexual abuse and their negligence.

In January 2019, Bailey dismissed her civil complaint, for technical reasons, though state law entitles her to re-file it any time before she turns 26.

Then, lawyers for the diocese and school they said they would not try to collect money from Bailey if she agreed to stay silent and promise to not re-file her lawsuit. When she refused, Soto’s lawyer sought and obtained the roughly $7,300 judgment (called a “Memorandum of Costs”) against her on March 29, 2019.

Chad E. Blomberg of the Kansas City-based Lathrop & Gage (816 292 2000) represents Bishop Soto and the school. The law firm has 300 lawyers in ten offices across the US.

SNAP says the company has long used “scorched earth” tactics against victims.

Stephen Greene, who is Bishop Soto’s local counsel, claims that Soto isn’t seeking money from Bailey. He blames the church insurer. SNAP doesn’t believe this, noting that Soto chose to hire Lathrop & Gage and picked the insurer. SNAP stresses that the bishop could ‘reverse this meanness’ if he wanted.

Bailey’s attorney and SNAP are both convinced the attempt to make her pay is “nothing more than a threat, designed to scare her and other wounded victims, into keeping quiet thus enabling more predators to hurt more kids.”

“This is shameful,” said attorney Joseph C. George, Ph.D. “In my 33 years of representing child sex abuse survivors, I have never seen any defendant try to silence a survivor of childhood sexual abuse by intimidating them with a cost bill.”

https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article195776949.html

Contact:


He’s never spoken out publicly before

He’s “outing” two accused priests for the 1st time

One worked at Sacramento Cathedral and the other predator headed youth camp for 20 years

Victim is upset by local diocese’s “recklessness & secrecy”

WHAT:

At a news conference, a survivor of clergy childhood sexual abuse (who will be identified as John Doe) will disclose the sexual abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of two Sacramento priests who have never been publicly identified as credibly accused perpetrators: Msgr. Murrough Wallace and Msgr. Vito Francis Mistretta. Bishop Quinn and Bishop Weigand knew that Msgr. Mistretta sexually abused a minor and never warned parents.

John Doe is frustrated by Bishop Soto’s delay in publicizing the list of predators and wants to alert other victims of these two priests that they are not alone and need not suffer in silence. There are resources for victims of clergy sexual abuse to get help. The church’s current system to “help” survivors is inadequate and shameful.

WHEN:

Thursday, December 6, 10 a.m.

WHERE:

Law Offices of Joseph C. George, Ph.D.

601 University Avenue, Suite 230, Sacramento, CA

WHO:

  • John Doe, survivor of clergy childhood sexual abuse
  • Dr. Joseph C. George, attorney for survivors of childhood sexual abuse

DETAILS:

For two decades, Msgr. Wallace headed the diocese’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry and ran Camp Pendola where 20,000 kids have gone. He also lived in the Cathedral rectory, re-opened a school, and worked at churches in Colusa, Rancho Cordova and South Lake Tahoe. He is still alive and living in the Diocese of Sacramento.

Msgr. Mistretta worked at churches in Sacramento, Roseville and Citrus Heights.

Doe is encouraging survivors of childhood clergy sexual abuse to file reports with the Attorney General’s Office.

And Doe is frustrated by Bishop Jaime Soto’s delay in publicizing the list of predators and wants to alert other victims of these two priests that they are not alone and need not suffer in silence. Doe is also convinced that the church’s current system to “help” survivors is inadequate and shameful.

CONTACT:


Survivor of Clergy Childhood Sexual Abuse Speaks Out Against the Diocese of Oakland and Urges Victims to File Reports With the Attorney General’s Office--Church Knew of Breen’s Childhood Sexual Abuse and Did Nothing.

At a news conference, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse by long-time perpetrator Father Vincent Breen speaks out against the Diocese of Oakland and urges any survivors of clergy childhood sexual abuse to report to the Attorney General’s office.

  • The Diocese of Oakland knew of Father Vincent Breen’s sexual abuse of children
  • In 1967, Sharon McCann (then 13 years old) and her mother reported Breen’s sexual abuse of Sharon to Sister Jean Higgins, the principal of Holy Spirit
  • The Diocese of Oakland failed to report the sexual abuse to any law enforcement agency and child protective services agencies
  • Fremont Police Department concluded that Father Vincent Breen sexually abused at least eight (8) young girls in 1981.
  • Now, on November 23, 2018, the Diocese of Oakland announced that it would not release a list of priests credibly abused of childhood sexual abuse until 2019 supposedly because the Diocese had not been in touch with some victims “in years” and that “It’s a situation in which you don’t want to re-traumatize people, because even though their names aren’t going to be there, the name of their perpetrator could be released.”
  • The Diocese of Oakland knew of Sharon McCann’s report and knew of the identities of the young girls in the 1981 Fremont Police Report and never contacted any victim

WHEN:

Today, Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Outside of the Cathedral of Christ the Light

2121 Harrison St.

Oakland, CA 94612

WHO:

  • Sharon McCann, survivor of clergy childhood sexual abuse by Breen, who reported Breen’s childhood sexual abuse
  • Dr. Joseph C. George, attorney for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Melanie Sakoda, SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests) board member and advocate for survivors of clergy sexual abuse
  • Tim Stier, former ordained priest for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, now author and advocate for survivors of clergy sexual abuse

CONTACT:

  • Dr. Joseph C. George (916) 802-7949 cell, (916) 641-7300 office
  • Joseph C. George, Jr. (415) 807-3744 cell, (916) 641-7300 office
  • Melanie Sakoda (925) 708-6175 cell
  • Tim Stier (510) 557-4917 cell

Additional Information

Bishops, from Dioceses across the United States, formulated a plan to announce that they would release a list of priests who had been credibly accused of childhood sexual abuse in their respective Diocese in order to preclude Attorney General’s from convening Grand Juries similar to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury (whose report released on August 14, 2018 was extremely damaging to the Catholic Church). Bishops across the country sent out letters to parishioners within their Dioceses expressing the shame they felt over the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and the actions of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. Bishops wrote to parishioners about their heavy hearts as they continue to confront the painful, shameful evil perpetrated by priests and bishops who betrayed the trust placed in them by the People of God.

Just over two months after the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, on October 26, 2018, 60 Minutes did an exposé on a whistleblower who copied documents verifying that Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo withheld the names of dozens of priests with childhood sexual abuse accusations against them from a report released in March 2018. Unfortunately for the Bishops in the United States, an announcement was made on November 11, 2018 at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore, that the Vatican asked that they hold off on voting on several measures to address sexual abuse by the clergy, including a new code of conduct and creation of a special commission to review complaints against bishops, until after a February gathering with bishops from around the world convened by Pope Francis to deal with the clergy childhood sexual abuse scandal that continues to mushroom.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that the Attorney General’s office will begin collecting reports from California residents about clergy sexual abuse (and wide scale cover-ups and protection of perpetrators by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church), a likely first step in the Attorney General’s office opening an investigation of clergy sexual abuse similar to the scathing grand jury probe in Pennsylvania earlier this year.

The Attorney General’s office created a website page devoted to clergy sex abuse, asking anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse or has information regarding sexual misconduct by clergy members to fill out an online complaint or email ClergyAbuse@doj.ca.gov. Fortunately, the Attorney General’s investigation is apparently not limiting information gathering to one specific faith community.

Now, on November 23, 2018 the Diocese of Oakland announced that they would not release a clergy sex abuse report as promised until 2019. The Diocese of Oakland however reached a new level of desperation when Helen Osman, an Oakland Diocese spokeswoman, announced that a reason for the delay was that the Diocese had not been in touch with some victims “in years”. “It’s a situation in which you don’t want to re-traumatize people, because even though their names aren’t going to be there, the name of their perpetrator could be released.”

The Fremont Police Report dated December 11, 1981, found that Breen sexually abused at least eight girls, ages 7 to 14. The abuse ranged from fondling and French kissing to digital penetration. Multiple failures of mandated reporters at Holy Spirit were noted. The Diocese of Oakland, law enforcement and the Alameda County District Attorney’s office reached an “agreement” that no criminal charges would be filed if Breen retired, left the area and sought counseling.

We represent 3 of the 8 victims identified in the 1981 Police Report and none of them have been contacted by any representative from the Diocese of Oakland in 37 years. Our clients doubt that any Breen victim has ever been contacted by a representative of the Diocese. Our clients ask that any survivor of clergy sex abuse by Breen or any other priest in the Diocese, file a report with the Attorney General’s office even in the extraordinary event that they are contacted by anyone from the Diocese.


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