Group Wants Investigation of Fort Worth Priests

By Debra Dennis
Dallas Morning News
December 4, 2006

Fort Worth - Members of a clergy abuse survival group are calling on the Tarrant County prosecutors to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by priests.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, delivered a letter to Tarrant County District Attorney Tim Curry on Monday. The group made the request following last week's release of unsealed Fort Worth Catholic Diocese records detailing abuse allegations.

Outside pressure is the only recourse to assuring that clergy are prosecuted for their crimes, said Kristopher Galland, founder of the Grapevine chapter of SNAP during a news conference in front of the old courthouse. He wants church leaders who assisted abusive priests arrested for aiding and abetting.

David Montague, spokesman for Mr. Curry's office, said prosecutors are downloading documents to determine if any cases fall within the statute of limitations.

The prosecutor's office, he said, is not shy about prosecuting members of the clergy, Mr. Montague said. The statute of limitations for sexual assault of a child is 10 years after the victim has turned 18.



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