Salinas Police Asked to Withdraw from Priest Case

By Sunita Vijayan
The Californian
March 11, 2011

Attorneys representing the alleged sexual assault victim of Catholic priest Edward Fitz-Henry say the Salinas Police Department is not fit to investigate the case because of its past relationships with the clergyman.

In a Feb. 22 letter to Salinas police Chief Louis Fetherolf and Deputy Chief Cassie McSorley, the victim's attorneys say that because Fitz-Henry was a former volunteer chaplain with the agency, the department should immediately cease its involvement in the investigation and turn the case over to the Monterey County District Attorney's office.

"The point is, Father Fitz-Henry, if he was indeed [a volunteer] chaplain for the Police Department, he has a relationship and knows people there," said Vince Finaldi of Newport Beach-based law firm Manly & Stewart, the victim's attorney. "It wouldn't be proper for them to investigate it."


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