Controversy Begins over Priest Moved to St. Louis

KSDK [St. Louis MO]
Downloaded August 6, 2003

(KSDK) A victims' rights group is calling on Missouri officials to reverse their decision that lets a Nevada priest serve probation in Missouri.

The reason for the request is that one of the priest's sex abuse victims lives in the St. Louis area.

SNAP, the Survivors Network Of Those Abused By Priests held a news conference outside the Missouri Probation and parole office in midtown St. Louis.

They said Father Mark Roberts, who admitted molesting children in Nevada, is being allowed to serve his probation at a treatment center in Dittmer, Missouri.

One of the priest's victims in Nevada moved to South St. Louis County two years ago.

The 20-year-old man told NewsChannel 5 he is disheartened and worried now that Roberts is in the St. Louis area, "I come here to collect myself again and recover from the things that he did to me, and he's here now and he's back in my environment. You know even though I don't see him or hear from him, it's still kind of scary to know that he's down the road."


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