Monday, July 9, 2012

Montgomery County PA reviewing case against cleric first reported in 2007 - Philly.com

 

that the Prosecutors are reviewing a claim that Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, a Philadelphia native serving as the top Catholic official in West Virginia, fondled a Lansdale Catholic High School student in the 1970s, according to interviews and court records….. bishop could still face charges because the statute of limitations on the crime froze when Bransfield moved from the Commonwealth in 1980.

"It was a fondling/groping incident, at a high school, Lansdale Catholic . . . ," Blessington said, according to the transcript of their April 19 sidebar conference outside the courtroom. "Not long after that, he leaves the jurisdiction, so we may be within the statute."

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  1. Statement by: Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com

    We are grateful that Philly prosecutors are investigating Bransfield's allegations of sexually abusing a child.

    In April, during sworn testimony in the Philadelphia hierarchy clergy sex abuse trial which (Msgr Lynn was found guilty of enabling and covering up sex crimes against kids) West Virginia's Bishop Michael Bransfield was accused of sexual abuse of a child, during his priesthood in the Philly Archdiocese.

    After Bransfield's angry letter of denial, it would be irresponsible and reckless for this testimony to be forgotten or ignored. We anticipate that Bransfield would like for these accusations to just go away, but it is well known that child predators rarely have only one victim.

    Sexual predators are often powerful and well-loved. They can also work their way up the church hierarchy ladder of authority and become bishops.

    So we urge anyone who has knowledge or may have been harmed by Bransfield to contact Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, who is investigating this case. Her contact info here (ph: 610-278-3090) http://da.montcopa.org/da/site/default.asp

    Or contact the police, whether it be in the Philly Archdiocese or the Wheeling-Charleston diocese.

    Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others

    Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-0790 cell, snapclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine
    (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, peterisely@yahoo.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Judy Jones, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com

    (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.
    SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. 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 and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

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