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.

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

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.”

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

Robert Kevin Carlino – Pedophile Priest – Busted

The youth minister for a township church stands accused in a federal complaint of downloading 134 images of child pornography to his personal computer.

Robert Kevin Carlino, no age available, of Dutch Mill Road is charged with knowingly receiving more than 10 graphic images of child pornography, “which had been downloaded to his computer, each of which had been transported in interstate commerce by means of computer.”

Carlino — who had been the paid youth minister for the Malaga Assembly of God — was arrested at his residence Friday by agents for the FBI. He had an initial appearance Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court, Camden, and was in the custody Friday night of the U.S.. Marshals, according to J.J. Klaver, spokesman for the FBI in Philadelphia.

Carlino is accused of downloading between Nov. 6 and 13 a computer folder containing 134 images of a girl engaged in “explicit sexual conduct with an adult male wearing only white socks,” according to an affidavit accompanying the arrest warrant for Carlino.

The child was known to be approximately 9 years of age at the time the photographs were taken, the affidavit said.

During the execution of a search warrant on March 17 — in which Carlino’s computer was seized — the suspect “made numerous admissions pertaining to his downloading and viewing of child pornography,” according to the affidavit by Lina M. Ramirez, a special agent for the FBI office in Cherry Hill Township.

“Carlino stated that viewing child pornography became an addiction,” the agent indicated. “Carlino further admitted to adopting false personas while online — alternatively pretending to be a 13-year-old girl and a mother in her 20s — so that men would be more interested in chatting with him, and sending him child pornography.”

“We are just saddened by the whole thing,” said the Rev. Randy Sabella, pastor of the Malaga Assembly of God. “We feel very sorry for him and his family. We are praying for him and praying for his family.”

Sabella stressed Carlino is no longer youth minister.

Ramirez said she began investigating Carlino on Feb. 18 based on a lead provided by the Serbian Ministry of Interior.

The Serbian ministry came across the child pornography during the course of conducting court authorized electronic surveillance of a person suspected of infecting computers with the “Poison Ivy” virus, she said in court papers. The virus allows an individual to control an infected computer remotely.

The person the Serbian ministry was investigating was using the Poison Ivy virus in “an attempt to steal financial information from others by infecting their computers.”

Carlino’s computer was infected with the Poison Ivy virus, according to court papers.

Carlino’s computer was monitored by the Serbian ministry “for approximately 24-36 hours during the period from approximately Nov. 6 – 13,” according to court papers.
“During the monitoring period in November 2008, the MUP (the Serbian Ministry of Interior) observed the computer operator on the Carlino computer view child pornography, save the images to an external storage device and delete the images,” said Ramirez.

Thomas Teczar – Predator Priest gets 25 years

Asked by the Star-Telegram in 2005 if he had sexually abused any children, he responded, “I’m not at liberty to say.”

Convicted child molester the Rev. Thomas Teczar was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old boy while a priest of the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese in the 1990s.

The predator priest won a new trial last year after his first conviction was set aside because of what an appellate court decided were inadequate qualifications of an expert witness.

Teczar gambled — and lost — by letting a jury decide his punishment in the new trail. A judge in 2007 sentenced him to 25 years in prison.

On Thursday, Teczar was convicted for a second time of three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child while serving as parish priest in Ranger. He was also fined $10,000.

The man who accused Teczar, now in his 30s, said he felt “unbelievably relieved” because of the sentence.

“I know he’s not going to be on the streets and that all the children will be safe,” he said. “I can go to bed at night knowing he won’t be out on the streets.”

Teczar, 69, took the stand during the punishment phase of the trail Friday to protest his innocence, denying even knowing the man who accused him. He will be eligible for parole in 25 years.

A notorious predator, Teczar has been sued repeatedly over allegations of sexually abusing children and young men.

In 1996, he was sued for abusing a 16-year-old, David Lewcon. In 2002 he was sued by George Shea for abuse. In 2003, he was sued by another man for abusing him when he was 16-year old.

Separately, the Fort Worth diocese has settled with six of Teczar’s accusers, including two in 2005 who received $4.15 million.

One of the men who received part of the $4.15 million settlement is the same man who brought sexual abuse allegations to Texas Rangers, resulting in the Eastland trial.

Throughout all of the allegations, Teczar has maintained his innocence. Asked by the Star-Telegram in 2005 if he had sexually abused any children, he responded, “I’m not at liberty to say.”

Teczar served as parish priest in Ranger, about 90 miles west of Fort Worth, and in other parishes in Eastland and Tarrant counties from 1988 until he left the state in 1993, as police investigated child sex-abuse allegations against two other men.

Grand Rapids Catholic Diocese lists allegations against two priests: one imprisoned, the other dead

Shamaun Beas

The Grand Rapids Catholic Diocese received three credible sexual-abuse allegations against two priests last year, but is refusing to identify one of them.

The unnamed priest is deceased and the alleged abuse occurred 40 years ago, diocesan spokeswoman Mary Haarman said. She declined to give further information, and Bishop Walter Hurley did not respond to requests for comment.
Shamaun Beas

She identified one priest with two allegations as Shamaun Beas, who was convicted last year on two counts of fourth-degree sexual criminal conduct for sexually molesting two teenage sisters. Beas, who served parishes in Portland and Sparta, already was serving six to 20 years for a 2004 Internet sex sting.

The allegations were reported as part of a review of U.S. dioceses’ sexual abuse policies by the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference. The sixth annual report found dioceses received 625 new allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy, the majority of them incidents from the 1970s.

Dioceses nationwide also increased spending on their abuse-prevention, including the 11-county Grand Rapids Diocese. The diocese spent $84,500 on those programs last year, up from $66,000 in 2007.

The review found the diocese to be in compliance with policies bishops set in 2002 to remove abusive priests and prevent future abuse with training programs for children and adults.

Another $26,800 in diocesan funds went to therapy for abuse survivors.

Officials would not comment on why they declined to name the deceased priest or provide details of the abuse. The diocese in the past has named accused priests who have died, and routinely has provided names of living priests against whom allegations were substantiated.

The U.S. bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People calls on dioceses to be “open and transparent” in communicating with the public while also respecting “the privacy and the reputation of the individuals involved.”

Some dioceses release deceased priests’ names and some don’t, said Teresa Kettelkamp, executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection. Dead priests can’t defend themselves, and sometimes allegations are so old they cannot be verified, she said.

She said she understands why Grand Rapids did not release the name, adding, “You can’t properly vet the credibility of the allegation.”

However, not naming the priest casts a pall over other deceased priests’ reputations, while naming him could prod victims to tell their families and seek therapy, said David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

“It’s a choice between the reputation of one deceased adult, or the emotional well-being of maybe dozens of still-suffering and once-abused children,” Clohessy said.

Vatican can be sued for clergy abuse

Although the ruling does not permit victims to sue Pope Benedict XVI, Anderson said he intended to depose the pontiff.

An Oregon man who alleges he was molested in the 1960s by a priest can pursue a civil lawsuit against the Holy See, a federal appeals court says.

A federal appeals court ruling has brought an Oregon man one step closer to suing the Vatican for sexual abuse he says he suffered by a Roman Catholic priest.

In a 59-page decision issued Tuesday, a three-judge panel from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the man — who says he was molested in the 1960s by a priest at a Catholic school — can pursue a civil lawsuit against the Holy See because the priest allegedly abused him while serving in a religious capacity.

Lawyers for the plaintiff hailed the ruling as a watershed moment for victims of clergy abuse, who for decades have wanted to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for protecting priests.

A lawyer for the Holy See commended the ruling for acknowledging the Vatican’s decentralized structure.

“They have been choosing for years . . . to protect the clerics and not the kids,” said Jeff Anderson, a Minneapolis lawyer representing the Oregon man. “This really is another step forward, another door open. . . . The good news for the laity, the community of faith, the parishioners and all of us is that the Vatican can now be held accountable.”

Although the ruling does not permit victims to sue Pope Benedict XVI, Anderson said he intended to depose the pontiff.

The case involves the late Rev. Andrew Ronan, a Servite priest who, according to victims’ lawyers, was sent to Chicago after being accused of molesting children in his native Ireland. Archdiocesan officials said Ronan worked for St. Philip High School on Chicago’s West Side from 1960 through 1965. He was then transferred to a Catholic school in Oregon, where he reportedly assaulted the plaintiff in the case. St. Philip closed in 1970. Ronan died in 1992.

Officials from the Servite order did not return calls seeking comment.

Marci Hamilton, a professor at New York’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law who assisted in the plaintiff’s case, commended the ruling as a model of how the American judicial system is supposed to work, likening the triumph to the biblical story of David vs. Goliath.

“The fact that the United States courts have opened this opportunity in this case sets the standard for the whole world that there really can be justice for one victim even though he’s a victim of one powerful organization,” Hamilton said. “We now have a template for understanding that anyone who harms our children in the U.S. is going to be held accountable whether they’re sovereign or not.”

But Jeffrey Lena, a California lawyer who represented the Holy See, said the ruling favored the Vatican by recognizing that every action everywhere could not be traced directly to Rome.

“The court did recognize, based on the plaintiff’s complaint, that within the Catholic Church there exists different and separate legal entities,” he said.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in November that a lawsuit filed against the Vatican by three men alleging they were abused by clergy could continue. The lawyer in that case is seeking class-action status, saying there are thousands of victims nationwide.

Some legal scholars say the rulings are not the last word and expect the 9th Circuit Court’s ruling to be overturned by the Supreme Court.

But G. Robert Blakey, a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, said that if the plaintiff could prove that the priest was an employee of the Vatican, the ruling would stand.

“Is the Vatican potentially liable for child molesting? The answer to that question is yes if and only if you can show that the priest was engaged in conduct as an employee of the Vatican,” Blakey said.