Htfd Priest Investigated for Sex Abuse

By Jamie Muro
May 25, 2011

[with video]

There are more church sex abuse allegations surfacing that involve a catholic priest.

An activist group claims the clergyman has a history of molesting children and lives at a child care center in Bristol.

News 8 received a statement from the Department of Public Health that says a thorough investigation took place and there is no evidence to link the priest with the daycare, but the activist group called SNAP may not believe it.

Outside the Cathedral of St. Joseph, a well-known support group of those sexual abused by priests, commonly known as SNAP, made a startling statement.

"A daycare center is absolutely the last place that a suspended credibly accused child molester ought to be, either living, working, or volunteering," says one SNAP member.

SNAP claims Father Richard McGann who sexually abused a man more than 200 times was suspended by the church, and is now spending considerable time at the home daycare in Bristol.

"It's been six weeks now, during which anyone from the ArchDiocese, or form the daycare center, or McGann himself, or his lawyer, or his family, or his loved ones, or his friends, could have stepped up and said, "No, he doesn't live here. Here's where he lives," says SNAP Director David Clohessy.

A spokesperson for the Department of Public Health says DPH and the Department of Children and Families operated independent investigations on the facility. In a statement, the DPH states, DCF's inquiry was closed, finding Rev McGann does not, in fact, live at the house, does not care for any of the children, and will not be present at the house while there are children there. DPH's preliminary findings are the same as DCF's.

SNAP says their sources are credible.

Some people in the area told News 8 they have seen Father McGann around the children at the DCF home.


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