Archbishop Covered up Priest's Abuse, Victims Group Says
They Claim Pilarczyk, Staff Were Alerted Earlier Than They Admit [Cincinnati OH]
January 20, 2005

CINCINNATI -- New accusations of a coverup by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati include Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk himself.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, say Pilarczyk and his staff knew about allegations against Father David Kelley eight years before they've admitted, but did nothing about it.

Sex abuse allegations against Kelley surfaced more than two years ago, News 5's Susanne Horgan reported.

He's being sued by 40 alleged victims who say they were abused as kids, as early as the 1970s.

Church officials have said they first got reports of Kelley's suspected abuse in 1994.

But SNAP says a fellow priest reported Kelley's activities in 1986.

The group wants Pilarczyk to apologize to the victims and release documents on all priests accused of abuse.

They also want the archbishop to fire his public relations staffer, Dan Andriacco, and Pilarczyk's attorney, Mark Vander Laan.

The archbishop has not yet responded to the allegations.

Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters today renewed his commitment to investigate the archdiocese.

"I am well aware of the pain and suffering of the victims involved in these issues," Deters said. "When I ran for prosecutor this past fall, I made a commitment to review the investigation of the archdiocese by my predecessor. This will take place as soon as possible."