Clergy Sex Abuse Victim Wins Appeal

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
August 21, 2008

[with link to court document]

A California appeals court has upheld a lower court's finding that a Catholic priest molested a boy and his church colleagues and bosses were responsible for the crimes.

Joey Piscitelli charged, in a civil case, that he was molested by a Salesian cleric in the Bay Area and that the priest's supervisors could and should have prevented the abuse. He was awarded a six figure verdict. The Salesians appealed the case, claiming there wasn't a fair trial.

The 13 page order, in favor of Piscitelli, was apparently issued late yesterday.

Piscitelli is the Bay Area Director of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

"Joey is an absolute hero," said David Clohessy, national director of SNAP. "He has patiently but persistently exposed dangerous predator priests and their corrupt church supervisors. Kids are safer because of his courage and compassion."

Piscitelli is represented by attorney Rick Simmons of Hayward. The church officials are represented by attorney Stephen McFeely.


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