Parents Warned about Accused Priest

April 12, 2007

Portland - An abuse-victim group is appealing to parents at a local Catholic school where an alleged child molester used to work.

flierSNAP, the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, passed out fliers after school Wednesday at St. Pius in northwest Portland. They warned parents about Father Joseph Hoang, who worked at the school from 2002 to 2004.

Hoang, accused of molesting a child in Portland, is on administrative leave from his church. The 39-year-old has been the pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tillamook since September 2004. The allegations do not involve a church member.

"There may be a family here that has no idea that this priest has been accused of abuse and has unwittingly welcome Hoang into their home and put their children at risk," SNAP member Mary Grant told KOIN News 6.

"It bothers you, but I have a lot of confidence in our current pastor. But yeah, it's upsetting, it's very upsetting," St. Pius parishioner Pat Gowen said.

The archdiocese placed Hoang on leave in mid-March after learning that Portland police were investigating the allegation.


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