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Former youth minister at St. Joseph Parish, Spring Valley, New York, Ernest Zalamea, was arraigned in Spring Valley, New York court on September 19, 2017 on charges involving children

The Archdiocese of New York and St. Joseph Parish, Spring Valley, New York have yet to inform parishioners, neighbors, and the general public about the August, 2017 arrest of Ernest Zalamea, and his arraignment on September 19, 2017 in Spring Valley, New York municipal court

According to reports, the Salesians of Don Bosco at the Marian Shrine in Haverstraw, New York hired Ernest Zalamea as youth minister after he was fired from St. Joseph Parish, Spring Valley

A press conference alerting the media, parishioners, and the general public of the arrest and arraignment of Ernest Zalamea, former youth minister at St. Joseph Parish, Spring Valley, New York on reported charges involving children

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Noon

On the public sidewalk in front of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 245 North Main Street, Spring Valley, New York 10977

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families

In July, 2017, Ernest Zalamea, youth minister of St. Joseph Parish, Spring Valley, New York was fired by the parish as director of the parish summer camp and director of youth ministry. Shortly afterward, he was arrested on charges involving children. At his arraignment in Spring Valley, New York municipal court, Ernest Zalamea posted $200.00 bail and was released. He was ordered by the judge not to come within 1,000 feet of an alleged victim and have no contact with that victim. He was advised to hire an attorney or accept the services of a court-appointed attorney. Ernest Zalamea has worked in other New York Archdiocesan schools and parishes, and those schools and parishes should be informed of Mr. Zalamea’s arrest and arraignment. Any victims of Ernest Zalamea are urged to come forward and begin their healing. They may contact Road to Recovery, Inc. at the information provided.

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., 862-368-2800 –

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