Allegation against ex-Pilot Grove priest deemed ‘credible;’ sex abuse victims respond
For immediate release: Friday, May 28, 2010
Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)
While we’re grateful Seifner won’t be back in a parish, we’re troubled it took Catholic officials 1.5 years to make this decision and they’re still being vague about the allegations themselves.
We’re also worried about where Seifner has been and will be living. We believe he belongs in a remote, secure, independent, professionally-run treatment center so that he can get help and so that kids can be safer.
Finally, we also believe that anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes or misdeeds should call law enforcement officials, not church officials, as soon as possible.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 22 years and have more than 9,000 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. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Peter Isely (414-429-7259), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)
Diocese: Allegation against ex-Pilot Grove priest deemed ‘credible’
By Nate Birt – Boonville Daily News -Posted May 27, 2010 @ 09:51 PM2010
A former Pilot Grove priest will say on administrative leave after a review board concluded that an allegation against him “did constitute sexual abuse of a minor according to the definition in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” according to a news release issued tonight by the Diocese of Jefferson City.
The review board has concluded that the allegation made against Thomas Seifner is credible, according to the release, a copy of which diocesan spokesman Mark Saucier provided to the Boonville Daily News after a meeting at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Loose Creek, located southeast of Jefferson City.
Parishioners from the Loose Creek parish and the Bonnots Mill parish, where Seifner had been working until December 2009, were invited to tonight’s meeting, said Ron Vessell, administrator of the review board.
Saucier did not allow a BDN reporter to be present inside the church during the meeting, saying that it was a “private parish meeting” that had been closed to allow people to say what they needed to say.
The allegation is that Seifner had inappropriate electronic communication with a minor while he served at St. Joseph Parish in Pilot Grove, according to the release.