Group Warns a Convicted Sex Offender May Be in Las Vegas

KLAS [Las Vegas NV]
May 31, 2006

A former Catholic priest who was convicted of exposing himself to children may be in Las Vegas. James Beine was released from a Missouri prison on a technicality and now people abused by priests are warning the public about him.

A group called SNAP, which stands for Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, wants to warn the Las Vegas Valley about James Beine. SNAP representatives say Beine is a horrific predator who has apparently moved to the Las Vegas area.

The group claims Beine, who was once a priest, is now trying to get his teaching credentials transferred from Missouri to Nevada.

They say three-dozen people have come forward claiming that they were abused by Beine over nearly thirty years. SNAP representatives are making an effort to alert the local Catholic Diocese and various school administrators about Beine and to be on the look out for him, and that he has gone by other names.

Barbara Baine, with SNAP, said, "James Beine has changed his name. We know one of those changes is Mar James, and that he was going by that name. We don't what name he is going by here in Las Vegas."

Eyewitness News has called the local Catholic Diocese office, the Clark County School District, and authorities in Missouri to get their responses. We will pass that information along as soon as we get it.


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