Desmond Laurence Gannon – Repeat Sex Offender – Pedophile Catholic Priest still supported by Church (Naturally)

“At last I can finally speak out.
Not like the dark old days, people are listening now.”

A JUDGE who jailed an elderly former Victorian priest for sex offences against a boy 41 years ago has damned the repeat pedophile offender for his lack of true remorse.

Judge Frank Gucciardo yesterday told the man his absence of contrition “displays a turpitude of character that borders on the scandalous and is offensive to morality and the law”.

Judge Gucciardo said Desmond Gannon’s explanations for his conduct, when interviewed by police last year, betrayed self-delusion and a “lack of understanding of the impact of your behaviour” on his victim.

He told Gannon, 79, that his demeanour in the interview and in a taped conversation with the victim was disturbing but “consistent with your appearance in court, clearly nonchalant and dismissive”. Gannon, prosecuted for the fifth time for offences between 1958 and 1976, pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault on a boy aged 11.

From August to September 1968, when Gannon was a priest in Kilmore, he assaulted the boy in a car, on a bush track, in a church and at a pool. Now 51, the man said in a victim impact statement that after the abuses he had felt “broken, old, clumsy, dirty, ugly, guilty, confused, rejected, worthless and scared”.

Judge Gucciardo said it was his view that “the vindication of a victim’s plight in cases of this kind is central to the function of the criminal justice system”.

A psychiatrist reported that Gannon had a perverse psychosexual structure and had made “some progress” by expressing concern for the victim and the gravity of the offences.

But Judge Gucciardo said such progress was not the same as contrition and remorse “unaccompanied by empathy or compassion for the victims but delivered with indignation at your own fate”.

While Gannon posed little risk to the community, the jail sentence “is a recognition of the significance of the wrong inflicted”. Gannon was jailed for 25 months with a minimum term of 14 months.

In a statement to the court, the victim, who is now in his 50s, said he had gone from being a happy boy who wanted to be a policeman, to a delinquent who spent time in jail.

“Father Gannon has succeed in destroying all my hopes and dreams,” he said.

“At last I can finally speak out. Not like the dark old days, people are listening now.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

The court heard that despite these convictions, the Catholic church continued to support Gannon by helping to pay his rent.

Stefan Colmer – Pervert extradited from Israel pleads Guilty

Authorities say a New York City man extradited from Israel to the U.S. has pleaded guilty to charges he repeatedly sodomized two teenage boys.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes said Tuesday that 32-year-old Stefan Colmer faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced on June 30.

Hoping to avoid arrest, Colmer, a computer technician and salesman, fled to Israel and changed his name to David Cohen in February, 2007. Colmer was indicted in May, 2007, on charges of sodomizing the teenagers in Brooklyn between January and May, 2006.

Hynes says Colmer is the first person to be extradited from Israel under a revised treaty that went into effect in January, 2007. He says the crimes Colmer committed were not subject to extradition before the treaty was changed.

He pleaded guilty to eight counts, including endangering the welfare of a child. He’s due to be sentenced June 30 and faces up to seven years in jail.

David Alvin Smith – Wife deceives church about his crime – Loses HER job – Silence is not an option

“Silence just is not appropriate in a situation like this”

The pastor of Benevola United Methodist Church in Boonsboro has been suspended from her position for not fully disclosing her husband’s status as a registered child sex offender, a church superintendent said Wednesday.

David Alvin Smith, 57, the husband of the Rev. Helen Smith, pleaded guilty in 2008 to a third-degree sex offense charge after his adult daughter told authorities he had sexually abused her as a child.

As details about his conviction came to light in media reports this spring, a congregation member alleged the information differed from what the Rev. Smith had told her congregation about the matter and alerted church supervisors, said John Rudisill, superintendent of the Cumberland-Hagerstown District of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church.

About two weeks ago, the conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry voted to suspend the Rev. Smith and seek a replacement pastor for the Benevola church, Rudisill said.

“Our decision was because the information that Pastor Smith had provided the congregation differed from the facts and evidence in police reports and other transcripts,” he said.

Rudisill said he could not disclose what the pastor had told the congregation about the matter.

The Rev. Smith is away on an unrelated sabbatical and could not be reached for comment.

Church officials still were investigating the Rev. Smith’s compliance with church policies and expect to make a final decision about her future with the church by the first week in June, Rudisill said.

The Rev. Smith has been pastor of the Benevola church for 15 years, Rudisill said.

David Smith also is a church member and might have participated in one or two of the congregation’s singing groups, Rudisill said.

He did not have any involvement with children or youths in the church, and church officials have no indication he was involved inappropriately with anyone in the congregation, Rudisill said.

The Smiths have been away since January on a family getaway in the Caribbean that was arranged before the situation came to light, Rudisill said. The church has had an interim pastor since they left, he said.

The Rev. Smith’s absence has complicated the church’s investigation into the complaint filed against her, but she is expected back soon, Rudisill said.

The church has a “Safe Sanctuary” policy that requires members to disclose any information they have about congregation members who are convicted of a sexual offense, Rudisill said. Once that information is available to church leaders, the pastor is obligated to report it to a supervisor, he said.

The policy is intended to ensure the safety of children and to encourage anyone else who might have been a victim of a sex offender to come forward for help, Rudisill said.

“Silence just is not appropriate in a situation like this,” he said.

Roman Catholic Baby Rapers & the Church that Enabled them

Independent researchers commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a report on alleged priestly sexual abuse of children in the United States. It said a total of 10,667 people accused priests of child sexual abuse from 1950 through 2002. More than 17 percent of accusers had siblings who were also allegedly abused. Among accusers, 46.9 percent said they had been abused numerous times.

An Irish report Wednesday detailed decades of child abuse in Catholic-run state schools and orphanages. Following are details of other sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church around the world.

AUSTRALIA – 2008 – In July 2008 Pope Benedict during a visit to Australia apologized for sexual abuse by clergy, condemning it as “evil” and saying abusers should be brought to justice. The comments are believed to be the first time the pope has specifically apologized for sexual abuse by clergy and stated clearly that abusers should be brought to justice.

— At that time there had been 107 convictions for sexual abuse in the Catholic Church there.

AUSTRIA – 1995 – The archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, was forced to retire after allegations that he had molested a schoolboy 20 years earlier.

– July 2004 – Austrian News magazine Profil ran pictures of priests kissing and groping seminarians studying for the priesthood at a Roman Catholic seminary in the St. Poelten diocese.

BRITAIN – July 2000 – The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, acknowledged he had made a mistake while in a previous post in the 1980s by allowing a pedophile to continue working as a priest. The priest at the center of the controversy, Father Michael Hill, was jailed in 1997 for abusing nine boys over a 20-year period.

FRANCE – March 2000 – A court sentenced Abbot Jean-Lucien Maurel to 10 years in prison for raping and sexually abusing three boys. The assaults dated to 1994-96, when Maurel was head of a school in the southern French department of Aveyron.

IRELAND – April 2002 – Brendan Comiskey, one of Ireland’s best-known priests, resigned as Bishop of Ferns over the way he had dealt with allegations of sexual abuse against a priest of his diocese, Father Sean Fortune. Fortune committed suicide in 1999 while facing 66 charges of sexual abuse.

March 2009 – John Magee, bishop of Cloyne in the south of Ireland since 1987, under fire for his handling of reports of sexual abuse in his diocese, quit his daily duties to deal with the inquiry.

POLAND – March 2002 – Archbishop Juliusz Paetz quit following accusations, which he denied, of sexually molesting young priests.

UNITED STATES – 2002 – Boston’s Cardinal Bernard Law, the most senior Roman Catholic official in the United States, resigned over his handling of clergy sexual abuse.

— 2002 – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops directed each diocese to promptly investigate all allegations of sexual abuse.

— September 2003 – Boston Archdiocese agreed to pay up to $85 million to settle lawsuits filed by hundreds of people who said they were sexually abused by clergy.

— February 2004 – Independent researchers commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a report on alleged priestly sexual abuse of children in the United States. It said a total of 10,667 people accused priests of child sexual abuse from 1950 through 2002. More than 17 percent of accusers had siblings who were also allegedly abused. Among accusers, 46.9 percent said they had been abused numerous times.

— In a speech delivered shortly before he was elected pope, the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said the Church had to clean out the “filth” in its ranks.

— In July 2007, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to pay $660 million to 500 victims of sexual abuse dating as far back as the 1940s in the largest compensation deal of its kind.

— In August 2008, Chicago’s Roman Catholic archdiocese announced it would pay $12.7 million to settle 16 claims of sexual abuse involving 10 former priests and a school principal. The Chicago church has settled more than 100 cases.

— In April 2008 Pope Benedict met victims of sexual abuse by priests during his visit to the United States in an effort to heal the scars. The U.S. Church has paid some $2 billion in settlement to victims since the scandal first broke in 1992.

Sources: Reuters/United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Church: Back then we thought Pedophiles could be cured

The pastor at St. James Cathedral resumed the witness stand Thursday in the trial against the Seattle Archdiocese, acknowledging that years ago, the archdiocese put known child molesters back in parishes, following the advice of counselors who treated the abusive priests.

Back then, the Very Rev. Michael G. Ryan testified, church leaders believed child sexual abuse was treatable, if not curable.

“Given what’s known about it now, putting the offending priests back in parishes was the wrong thing to do, he said. “We should be sorry, and we are sorry.”

His testimony came during the trial of a lawsuit filed by two men who said the Seattle Archdiocese didn’t do enough to protect them from Patrick O’Donnell, a former Spokane Diocese priest who served at St. Paul Church in Rainier Beach from 1976-1978.

Then-bishop Bernard Topel of Spokane had sent O’Donnell to Seattle for sexual-deviancy treatment. O’Donnell, who testified earlier this week, has admitted molesting both men when they were children attending St. Paul’s.

Years before the trial, the archdiocese had acknowledged that it allowed child molesters to serve in parishes after professionals said it was OK to do so.

Its policy now is different, calling for it to notify law-enforcement and place an accused priest on administrative leave as soon as an allegation comes in. The policy bars from ministry any priest found to have been credibly accused of even one incident of child sexual abuse.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Michael Pfau asked Ryan if it would have been reasonable back then to warn parishioners about abusive priests.

Ryan said from the standpoint of today, yes. And back then, not telling parishioners was not done for “any sinister reason,” he said.

But Ryan said that during his time on an archdiocesan board dealing with priest personnel issues, no concerns about O’Donnell came before the board, and he had never read documents about O’Donnell in the archdiocese’s “secret archives,” which contain sensitive information about priests.

The Rev. Thomas Doyle, an expert on Catholic Church law, also testified, saying that under church law, Topel should have investigated allegations that came to him about O’Donnell, and that Topel would have been obligated to tell then-Seattle Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen about O’Donnell’s history.

Hunthausen, now retired, is expected to take the stand Monday.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Merton Parks – Baptist pastor – Guilty Child Pornography

A northern New York Baptist pastor has admitted downloading child pornography to a church computer.

Merton Parks, the former pastor of Oswegatchie First Baptist Church, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of possessing a sexual performance by a child. The 61-year-old Parks was sentenced to 10 years’ probation.

Parks said nothing at his hearing in St. Lawrence County Court, but defense attorney Gary Miles said his client was sorry for his actions.

Authorities say they busted Parks by tracking the credit card he used to buy child pornography on a computer in the church.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Father Lawrence Murphy – Pedophile Priest sexually abused 200 deaf children

New information about a pedophile priest as documents released detail how Father Lawrence Murphy sexually abused as many as 200 deaf children.

Peter Isely is the Midwest Director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and says, “I can tell you that according to this file this is probably one of the worst pedophile priest cases in the United States.”

Most of the cases occurred at a school for the deaf in Saint Francis throughout the 1970’s. In Archdiocese of Milwaukee reports, a psychotherapist tells of how Father Murphy said “It was sex education for them [the children]. They were confused about sex.”

Father Murphy also said he believed his victims consented, also telling the psychotherapist, “I could tell if they like it because they didn’t push me away. So I knew they liked it.”

Arthur Budzinski is a victim of Father Murphy and, through his daughter, told that he still thinks about the abuse every day but has been able to “pick up the pieces and move on, but some other victims are just stuck with it and dealing with the issues.”

Father Murphy died in 1998. A victim of Murphy’s is now suing the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, alledging the organization was complicit in allowing the priest to continue to serve actively despite having knowledge of his pedophilia.

A spokesperson for the archdiocese calls “The abuse committed by Father Lawrence C. Murphy 30 years ago was a horrendous betrayal of his priestly vows,” also adding that checks now exist to “make sure that anyone who has abused a child no longer serves as a priest in any way.”

Charles S. "Chuck" Miller – Repeat Sex Offender

Miller was “in a position of trust as a youth minister” when he was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor in Wayne County in October 2001

That conviction resulted in a one-year jail term with all but 20 days suspended.

A former youth pastor — who is also a convicted sex offender — from Delaware County has struck a deal with federal prosecutors, agreeing to plead guilty to a child pornography charge.

Charles S. “Chuck” Miller, 49, of rural Gaston, was arrested last September when federal agents raided his Harrison Township home. In court documents, a U.S. postal inspector wrote that Miller “admitted to being a member of an Internet-based bulletin board dedicated to the advertisement and distribution of child pornography.”

Miller — who remains in federal custody — has signed a plea agreement admitting that he knowingly received photographs of “an actual minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct” via the Internet.

The deal, which has been taken under advisement by U.S. District Court Judge William T. Lawrence, calls for a 15-year prison term.

After his release from custody, Miller would be on probation for the rest of his life, be forbidden from possessing “pornography, erotica or nude images,” and be required to register as a convicted sex offender in the communities in which he lives and works.

Miller was “in a position of trust as a youth minister” when he was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor in Wayne County in October 2001, according to court documents that list the defendant as then living in Muncie.

That conviction resulted in a one-year jail term with all but 20 days suspended.

Miller in April 2008 was charged with battery resulting in bodily injury, a misdemeanor count still pending in Muncie City Court.

In that case, he is accused of beating a teenager in his home because the boy failed to follow instructions in recharging a car battery.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

Irish priests abused ‘thousands’ of children

At a Thursday mass in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral, an Irish Archbishop shocked his congregation, which included numerous priests, by exclaiming that a forthcoming investigative report will reveal that over three decades, Irish Catholic priests have abused “thousands” of children.

“[The report] will make us and the entire church a humbler church,” he said.

“The archbishop said the report, compiled by the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation, is expected to show that ‘thousands of children or young people across Ireland were abused by priests in the period under investigation and the horror of that abuse was not recognized for what it is,'” reported the Associated Press.

“The government-appointed commission was set up to investigate abuses within the Dublin archdiocese in 2006, the same year the diocese admitted that up to 102 of its priests were suspected of abusing children. The report is studying how complaints of child sexual abuse were handled.”

“Martin is seen as a reformer sent in by the Vatican to clean up a church rocked by a decade and a half of scandals,” reported the Guardian. “One of the most notorious, in the mid-1990s, involved priest Brendan Smyth and indirectly led to the collapse of Albert Reynolds’s government.

“Accusations that the Irish attorney general’s office blocked moves to extradite Smyth to Northern Ireland led to the Irish Labour party pulling out of coalition with Reynolds’s Fianna Fáil and the government falling.”

“The Archdiocese of Dublin is facing challenges of a kind that it has not experienced for many years,” he said, according to the Press Association.

“Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin warned that a massive investigation of parishes in the Irish capital will find children were subjected to horrific attacks between 1975 and 2004,” the group reported.

According to the BBC, “In 1999, the then Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern delivered an unprecedented apology to the victims on behalf of the state.

“He also set up the commission to report on abuse allegations in institutions such as schools, orphanages, hospitals and children’s homes that were funded by the state, but were mainly run by Catholic religious orders.

“Some of the allegations date back to the 1930s.”


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Mark Campobello – Defrocked priest, convicted sex offender, arrested

A former Geneva, Illinois priest and registered sex offender is back behind bars for a second parole violation in less than a year.

Mark Campobello, 45, of Crystal Lake, spent nearly four years at the Illinois River facility in Canton, after pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in 2004.

The de-frocked priest is classified as a sexual predator, a designation which requires him to register annually for the rest of his life. He apparently violated parole by not maintaining a permanent address.

Since Campobello was paroled in February of 2008, he was soon behind bars again, spending May through July incarcerated for what board officials said was a “minor” parole violation.

The Illinois Prisoner Review Board will have to determine the length of Campobello’s incarceration for this current offense. In May, Jorge Montes, chairman of the review board, was quoted as saying that while that infraction was minor in nature, the three month imprisonment was meant “to remind him [Campobello] that he needs to follow the parole rules to a T.”

Shortly before his scheduled trial date in May of 2004, Campobello pleaded guilty to sexually molesting two adolescent girls while living at St. Peter Parish in Geneva. One victim was a student at the Geneva parish’s school and according to police reports, some of the abuse incidents occurred in the church rectory. The other victim was a student of Aurora Central Catholic High School, where Campobello served as an assistant principal and spiritual director.

The victims filed a civil suit against Campobello, Bishop Thomas Doran and the Rockford Diocese, claiming officials knew of the abuse and did not take appropriate action to stop it. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford eventually paid a total of $2.2 million to settle the claim in 2007.

The diocese petitioned the Vatican to have Campobello officially removed from the priesthood in 2005.

While Campobello bounces in and out of the Illinois Department of Corrections, his former Geneva parish and its current pastor, Joseph Jarmoluk are reportedly the subject of a documentary film being made about the case by a New York production company called CTL NYC. The production company maintains a promotional website about the film, entitled “Forsaken,” as well as an internet radio show and a message board.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte