WA- Clergy sex abuse trial starts today, victims respond

By Barbara Dorris
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
March 10, 2014

A clergy sex abuse trial in the Diocese of Yakima has started today. We are grateful that this predator is facing criminal charges in a court of law.

We hope the victim finds courage during this difficult time and we are grateful that he found the strength to report his abuse. The predator, who was studying to become a priest, fled the Zillah church where the abuse took place after the abuse allegations were reported. He then fled to Mexico and has not been located.

We urge Bishop Joseph J. Tyson to seek out any other victims that may have been hurt by this priest in training and to disclose any information they have on him or his whereabouts. 

It is always extremely worrisome when a predator flees justice and especially when he goes to a country that doesn’t have a strong system of child protection. We hope anyone who suffered, witnessed of suspects abuse or knows where this predator is will report to police.



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