Group Works to Keep Ex-Priest from Teaching

St. Louis Post-Dispatch [Nevada]
May 31, 2006

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests asked St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke and Bishop Joseph A. Pepe of Las Vegas on Tuesday that former Roman Catholic priest James Beine not be permitted to teach school in Nevada.

Beine was released from prison last June after the Missouri Supreme Court overturned an indecent exposure conviction involving his work at a St. Louis public school. Separately, a federal appeals court overturned a conviction on possession of child pornography. The Catholic church says it has paid more than $400,000 in civil settlements for molestation claims against Beine.

The revocation of Beine's teaching license was contingent on his conviction, according to his attorney, Larry Fleming. He said Beine's Missouri teaching license had therefore been reinstated. Illinois officials said Tuesday that a James Beine has a valid teaching certificate issued in St. Clair County.

Nevada officials could not confirm Tuesday what SNAP claimed was information that Beine applied there. Said Fleming, "He's not teaching now and doesn't intend to."

Fleming said Beine was working in homeless shelters but could not confirm SNAP's assertion that he was living in Las Vegas

Scott Holste of the Missouri Attorney General's Office said, "We are working to ensure James Beine never teaches in a Missouri classroom again."

One year ago, Burke wrote a letter to three St. Louis-area churches where James Beine, 64, had worked, urging any sex abuse victims to approach police or the archdiocese.


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