|Priest Get Probation, Clergy Sex Victims Respond
March 30, 2011
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
A Dallas priest is on probation now after pleading no contest to charges that he sexually exploited a girl.
We applaud Fr. Crispís victim for cooperating with police and prosecuting and exposing a sick cleric. Her courage has made other kids safer.
At the same time, we worry because Crisp isnít locked up. We hope officials will closely monitor him and harshly punish him if heís caught violating conditions of his release.
It is still important for anyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Fr. Crisp to come forward, seek help and call police. We suspect there are others who have been hurt by Fr. Crisp, and we hope that some of these crimes can be prosecuted. When predators are behind bars, then children are safe.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We've been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members across the country. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688)
Dallas-area priest pleads no contest to assault
Associated Press - March 30, 2011 9:15 AM ET
ROWLETT, Texas (AP) - A Dallas-area priest has been put on probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault over the inappropriate touching of a 14-year-old girl.
The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday that the Rev. Bob Crisp had been a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rowlett for a decade. The 62-year-old priest was put on leave last April.
Crisp pleaded no contest Tuesday in Rowlett Municipal Court and received six months of deferred adjudication, plus was fined $650 over the summer 2009 incident. He could not immediately be reached for comment.
Investigators say Crisp slipped off his shoe and rubbed his bare foot on the girl's leg, while complimenting her pedicure and her footwear, in an incident near the church.
A diocese spokeswoman says there are no plans to reassign Crisp.
Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com
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