November 12, 2019
n 11-year-old Italian girl has been hailed as a hero after using her cell phone to document the alleged sexual abuse inflicted on her by a Catholic priest.
Father Michele Mottola, 59, was arrested this week in Trentola Ducenta, near Naples, after audio recordings said to be of him and the girl were given to local press.
The bishop of Aversa, Angello Spinillo, was made aware of the allegations as early as May 2018 and suspended Mottola at the time, as well as reporting the allegations to the Public Prosecutor of the Commissariat of Aversa. However, no further action was taken against the priest.
Almost a year and a half later, action was only taken when the recordings were aired on Le Iene, a political TV show. It was then that the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Naples gave orders to arrest.
The audio, which was filmed over several occasions, contains several highly disturbing passages.
“Look, there’s nobody there,” a voice that is allegedly Mottola’s said in one, according to translations by Church Militant. “You are scared? Embrace me, kiss me.”
“Do you know that I love you?” the voice said in another. “Do you want a little kiss?”
November 8, 2019
A 90-year-old priest found battered to death at his home in northern France had been under investigation for sexual offences against boys, it has been revealed.
Father Roger Matassoli was found dead in his home on the Oise département on Monday. Police say he had suffered blows to the abdomen, skull and face and there were also traces of asphyxia, although officers refused to respond to reports in the French media that a crucifix had been placed in his throat.
The cleric had served as the parish priest of Froissy from 1988 to 2009, when he was removed from the ministry after accusations of sexual assault.
“In 2009, having heard a victim, I took measures against Fr Matassoli to remove him from the public exercise of the ministry,” said a spokesman for the local diocese.
“After a civil complaint was filed, a canonical procedure was initiated to hear known victims. Fr Matassoli was then banned from any ministry, even private.”
The Beauvais public prosecutor’s office reported two complaints in 2018 “concerning sexual assaults committed on two young boys when, aged 10 to 14, they were altar boys in Father Matassoli’s parish”.
The case was not proceeded with because under French law the complaints were time-barred, since they were committed in 1962 for one of the victims, and between 1976 and 1980 for the other.
A 19-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of the priest, but has been hospitalised due to what police described as serious mental health issues.
November 4, 2019
A former Roman Catholic priest, Arthur Perrault who fled to Morocco before he was returned to the United States and convicted of sexually abusing an altar boy in New Mexico in the 1990s was sentenced on Friday to 30 years in prison, prosecutors said.
“There are few acts more horrific than the long-term sexual abuse of a child,” Anderson said. “At long last, today’s sentence holds Perrault accountable for his deplorable conduct.”
Perrault’s trial attorney, Samuel Winder, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Perrault was convicted by a federal jury in April on six counts of aggravated sexual abuse and one count of abusive sexual contact with a minor in 1991 and 1992 at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque and at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, prosecutors said.
The victim, now an adult, testified that Perrault befriended him when he was 9 years old, showering him with gifts and trips before sexually assaulting him, prosecutors said.
Although he was convicted of abusing just one victim, prosecutors alleged in court filings that Perrault was a serial child molester who abused numerous young people over more than 30 years as a priest in New Mexico and Rhode Island.
At his trial, seven other alleged victims testified that Perrault, ordained in 1964, abused them during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
The Roman Catholic Church has been roiled by allegations of sexual abuse since 1992, when the Boston Globe newspaper revealed a decades-long cover-up by church hierarchy of sexual misconduct by its clergy.
The U.S. Catholic Church has paid out more than $3 billion to settle clergy abuse cases, according to BishopAccountability.org, which tracks the issue.
Under federal law, a convicted defendant must serve at least 85% of a sentence, meaning Perrault will likely die in prison.
Perrault fled the United States in 1992 when his criminal conduct became public, prosecutors said. He was located in Morocco, where he was arrested in 2017 following his indictment on the sex charges, and was extradited to New Mexico.
Linda Card, a spokeswoman for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, said Perrault served in the Air Force Reserve Chaplain Corps, and for a time was on active-duty status.
November 4, 2019
Putting Jesus to work.
A Texas woman yesterday repeatedly struck her mother over the head with a crucifix during a domestic altercation that left the victim with a fractured skull, police report.
According to cops, Christian Lydia Martinez, 25, had been out drinking when she returned Sunday afternoon to her family’s San Antonio residence and began quarrelling with her 46-year-old mother.
During the argument, investigators allege, Martinez removed a 10-inch wooden crucifix from a wall and began battering her mother with the religious item. Martinez allegedly hit the victim over the head with the “bulky” crucifix several times, leaving the woman with a fractured skull.
Martinez’s mother was later transported to a San Antonio hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Seen above, Martinez was arrested on a felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. She is being held in the Bexar County lockup in lieu of $30,000 bond, according to jail records. (1 page)
November 3, 2019
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis priest who was suspended earlier this year now faces three felony counts related to a sex abuse case involving a minor.
The Rev. David Marcotte is charged with child solicitation, vicarious sexual gratification and dissemination of matter harmful to minors, according to court records. He was booked into the Hamilton County Jail on Oct. 29. He later bonded out.
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis confirmed the charges against Marcotte, who was suspended in February 2019 after a report of sexual abuse involving a minor from 2016 came to light. The archdiocese said it notified authorities as well as the chair of the Archdiocesan Review Board.
The archdiocese said it has cooperated with the investigation regarding Marcotte. His suspension means he’s been prohibited from all public ministry as the legal process plays out.
According to court documents, Marcotte exposed himself during video chats with the alleged victim. They connected through Facetime, Instagram and Snapchat, leading to the exchange of inappropriate photos and videos, court documents said. Marcotte engaged in sexually explicit conduct during these interactions, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Marcotte was ordained in June 2014. He’s served in various capacities, most recently as chaplain at Roncalli High School and the University of Indianapolis. He has also provided sacramental assistance at Saints Francis and Clare Parish in Greenwood.
He previously served as an associate pastor at St. Malachy Parish in Brownsburg and administrator at St. Martin of Fours Parish in Martinsville, according to the archdiocese.
Here’s the archdiocese’s statement on the matter:
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis learned today that charges related to the sexual abuse of a minor have been filed in Hamilton County, Indiana against Fr. David J. Marcotte, a priest for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
Fr. Marcotte was suspended from ministry on February 12, 2019 after a report of sexual abuse involving a minor in 2016 was received by the archdiocese’s victim assistance coordinator. The Archdiocese immediately made a report to civil authorities and notified the chair of the Archdiocesan Review Board of the allegation.
The Archdiocese has cooperated with law enforcement throughout its investigation. Fr. Marcotte has been prohibited from all public ministry while the investigation and legal process is ongoing.
Fr. Marcotte was ordained on June 7, 2014. The complete list of his ministry assignments are as follows: 2014, associate pastor, SS. Francis and Clare Parish, Greenwood, and Catholic chaplain, University of Indianapolis; 2015, associate pastor, St. Malachy Parish, Brownsburg; 2016, administrator, St. Martin of Tours Parish, Martinsville; 2017, chaplain, Roncalli High School, Indianapolis, Catholic chaplain, University of Indianapolis, and sacramental assistance, SS. Francis and Clare Parish, Greenwood.
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis is committed to protecting children and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse and misconduct. If you are a victim of sexual abuse or misconduct by a person ministering on behalf of the Church, or if you know of anyone who has been a victim, please contact civil authorities and the Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator Carla Hill at 317-236-1548 or 800-382-9836, ext. 1548 or email her at [email protected]
Confidential reports can also be made on-line at www.archdioceseofindianapolis.ethicspoint.com or by calling 888-393-681
October 31, 2019
Greek police has arrested a 57-year-old priest for the sexual abuse of the 12-year-old daughter of his partner. The abuse had started three years ago, when the girl was 9 years old.
The shocking case was revealed beginning of the week and the man was arrested by order of the prosecution.
The priest, a widower father of 4, has living together with the girl’s mother, a Bulgarian national, in a village of eastern Mani in south Peloponnese.
In April 2018 the little girl found the courage and turned to a children charity seeking protection.
“Her mother did not believed her. The child was under pressure by her mother, the priest and the lawyer to change her testimony to authorities,” the president of charity To Xamogelo toy Pedioy told media.
In the end the mother was convinced that the priest was molesting her daughter,” Kostas Giannopoulos said.
Ultimately, the mother testified and the priest was arrested, notes the charity in a statement.
It is not clear, why the arrest takes place end October 2019, when the child sought protection in April 2018.
It is further revealed that the villagers knew that the priest “liked children” as locals said. However, nobody denounced him to authorities.
“Everybody knew it,” a villager told media. “He would go around drunk all day. We knew that he was molesting children and we kept our children away from him.”
Local media report that the everything but holy man “used to brutally beat the girl when she was resisting to her abuse.”
The Metropolis of Mani suspended the priest once the case became known.
Police is expected to make an announcement on the case and also publish the priest’s name and picture as it is required by Law for sex offenders. The priest is currently in the prison of Tripolis in Central Peloponnese.
Greeks on social media sharply criticize the “guilty silence” of the villagers. Some of them, have uploaded the picture and the name of the priest, long before the Greek Police.
October 30, 2019
A priest has been jailed for attempting to meet a two-year-old boy he wanted to abuse, police have said.
Matthew Jolley, 32, admitted arranging or facilitating sexual activity with a child at Liverpool Crown Court and was jailed for more than three years.
Cheshire Police said Jolley was caught after he engaged in “sexualised” chats online with an undercover officer.
Liverpool Archdiocese said his crime had caused “deep shock and revulsion” within the Catholic community.
Jolley, of Rhona Drive, Great Sankey, Warrington, was also put on the sex offenders’ register for life.
The former Widnes-based cleric communicated on a number of social media platforms about his sexual interest in young children, police said.
He arranged to meet a man he did not realise was an undercover officer.
He drove to meet the man in Hale on 26 September and during the meeting, Jolley again discussed how he planned to abuse the child, police said.
Jolley was subsequently arrested on suspicion of child sex offences.
Following sentencing, Det Con Louise Murphy, of Cheshire’s On-line Child Abuse Investigation Team, said: “Jolley committed this terrible offence whilst holding a position of trust.
“Through his online communications it was clear to see that he was sexually attracted to young children and would do whatever he could in order to fulfil his own sexual gratification.”
October 26, 2019
DENVER, Oct 23 (Reuters) – At least 166 children have been sexually abused at the hands of 43 Roman Catholic priests in Colorado since 1950, an investigative report disclosed on Wednesday, far exceeding the scope of the scandal previously documented in the state.
The scathing 263-page report, presented by former U.S. Attorney Robert Troyer, accused the Archdiocese of Denver and the Dioceses of Pueblo and Colorado Springs of fostering a culture of secrecy that placed the reputations of offending clergy and church leaders over the welfare of children.
“This dynamic in the Colorado Dioceses was a severe impediment to the protection of children, and it is one (they) are not done addressing,” the independent report said.
Most of the abuse took place decades ago, although one case found to be “arguably still viable for prosecution” has been referred to authorities for further criminal investigation, the review said. The alleged offender was not identified.
In documenting the church’s failure to protect its youth from predators, the report cited the example of one now-deceased Denver-area priest, George Weibel, who investigators concluded had molested at least two girls under the guise of teaching them to swim or ice skate.
One victim reported the abuse to another priest, who failed to notify church superiors because he was good friends with Weibel, according to the report commissioned by the state attorney general’s office.
“He did not report it to Denver Archdiocese authorities, and he did not even record her (victim) report until years later. As a result, the Denver Archdiocese did not take any action against Weibel,” the report said.
The report’s release came eight months after the three dioceses agreed to open up their personnel files to Troyer’s team of investigators and set up a compensation fund for victims.
In a statement following the release of the report, Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila apologized to the victims, but said his words could not ease their suffering.
“I am sorry about this horrible history — but it is my promise to continue doing everything I can so it never happens again,” Aquila said.
October 26, 2019
Toronto police have arrested an associate priest in connection with a sexual exploitation investigation.
Investigators say that Jordan Wellington, 37, of Toronto was arrested following the alleged sexual exploitation of a 17-year-old girl.
Wellington has been charged with sexual exploitation and criminal harassment and repeated communication, police said.
According to police, Wellington is an associate priest at St. John’s Anglican Church-Willowdale, which is located near Yonge Street and Steeles Avenue.
Anyone with information related to this incident is being asked to contact police or to reach out anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
No further details have been released regarding the alleged incident.
October 20, 2019
ELGIN, Ill. — A pastor in Elgin has been accused of sexually abusing a minor last year.
Elizandro Salazar-Montoya, 46, of Carpentersville, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault.
Authorities believe he knew the victim, who was younger than 18, and held a position and trust and authority over the victim.
At the time, authorities said Salazar-Montoya served as a pastor at Iglesia Apostólica de Elgin (IAFCJ) church in the 37 block of Hopps Road. Prosectors said the abuse took place between Nov. 1 and Dec. 1 of last year.
The Kane County Child Advocacy Center investigated the case with assistance from the Elgin Police Department. The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information should call the Kane County Child Advocacy Center at 630- 208-5160.
He is being held on $300,000 bond and the pastor’s next court date is scheduled for Oct. 25.
October 25, 2019
As the most populous state in the country, California has had more than its fair share of infamous people, perhaps none more so than former Catholic priest Oliver O’Grady who sexually abused at least 25 children in the Diocese of Stockton during decades of working in California.
O’Grady himself was molested by a priest as a young boy and there were incidents of incest in his family in which he was both perpetrator and victim.
O’Grady’s infamy is not due solely to the number of children he harmed but also due to the fact that it involved Cardinal Roger Mahony and his tenure as the bishop of Stockton from 1980-85, just prior to transferring to Los Angeles.
As an LA Times reporter wrote in 2005, “In a chillingly frank account, a former Roman Catholic priest, promoted 20 years ago by Roger M. Mahony, recently described his decades-long career as a pedophile, including his sexual tastes and how he groomed his young victims for abuse.
In a 15-hour videotaped deposition in March, Oliver O’Grady described how his heart raced when one of the slim, playful boys he preferred toweled off after a swim. He also said he liked to lift little girls’ skirts and peek at their underpants.
Asked to demonstrate how he would lure one of his estimated 25 victims into his arms, the 59-year-old Irish native softened his voice, flashed an avuncular smile and looked directly into the video camera.
“Hi, Sally,” O’Grady improvised. “How are you doing? Come here. I want to give you a hug. You are a sweetheart. You know that. You are very special to me. I like you a lot.”
If his hug met no resistance, O’Grady testified, he would take the child’s compliance as “permission” to molest.
The deposition came in connection with lawsuits filed against the Stockton Diocese over alleged abuse by clergy. Mahony, who was bishop of Stockton from 1980 to 1985 before heading the Los Angeles Archdiocese, inherited O’Grady, who had admitted years earlier to molesting an 11-year-old girl. In 1984, police investigated a therapist’s report that O’Grady had molested a boy.”
The reporter described how there were times during the deposition, O’Grady seemed to be enjoying his performance. He showed no signs of remorse during the deposition or during his stint in prison.
In 1993 he was convicted on four counts of “lewd and lascivious acts” on two minors, the brothers Joseph and James Howard, and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. O’Grady repeatedly molested the Howards between 1978 and 1991, from age three to 13. Court documents show church officials knew that O’Grady had abused children as early as 1976 and 1984 but had done nothing. Police had been informed of earlier charges and had declined to file charges. Bishop Roger Mahony sent O’Grady to a psychiatrist for an evaluation and the second opinion said the counseling was satisfactory; the second opinion did not recommend he be removed from ministry, nor established a diagnosis of pedophilia.”. In 1998 a civil jury ordered the Catholic Diocese of Stockton to pay $30 million in damages to the brothers. A judge later reduced the amount to $7 million. O’Grady was paroled from prison in 2000 after serving seven years, and went to Ireland after being deported from the United States.
The 2006 film Deliver Us From Evil, documents O’Grady’s abuse. O’Grady said he wanted the film to serve as the “most honest confession of his life.”
In December 2010 he was arrested in Dublin, Ireland for possession of child pornography. The victims were as young as two years old. Authorities discovered child pornography photos and videos on O’Grady’s laptop, on an external hard drive, and on a USB key. Judge Patrick McMahon remanded O’Grady on continuing bail to appear again on January 28. As part of his bail conditions O’Grady was required to sign on twice daily at Dublin’s Harcourt Terrace Garda station, and surrendered his passport. In January 2012, O’Grady was sentenced to three years in prison in Ireland for possession of child pornography.
It is hard to imagine that the Diocese of Stockton and Cardinal Roger Mahony knew all about O’Grady’s pedophilic behavior and remained complicit in his crimes for decades. That makes them criminals as well.
Oliver O’Grady is not an isolated case in California either. There are over 400 Catholic priests who’ve been credibly accused of sexual abuse. If the survey is expanded beyond the Catholic Church, the situation is even grimmer. Take for instance, the present case at the University of Southern California with George Tyndall and his serial abuse of young female college students.
October 8, 2019
A Catholic priest has been charged with multiple child sex offences allegedly committed at a Southern Highlands college more than 30 years ago.
In April 2019, detectives attached to The Hume Police District – working under Strike Force Kesup – investigated allegations of sexual and indecent assaults at a Burradoo boarding institution during the 1980s.
A 78-year-old Kensington man remains before the court charged with nine offences allegedly involving students, who were aged between 12 and 15 at the time.
Following extensive investigations, the man was re-arrested at Southern Highlands Police Station about 11.30am on Tuesday.
He was charged with an additional 18 offences, including four sexual assault offences, 12 indecent assault offences, and two offences of gross indecency committed by a male.
The man was given conditional bail to appear before Moss Vale Local Court on Tuesday, October 8.
Police will allege that between 1982 and 1989, the Catholic priest indecently assaulted 11 children, committing 27 offences in total.
The NSW Police Force encourage anyone who has been a victim of such crimes or has information about incidents of child abuse to come forward.