Assistant District Attorney Montgomery County DA Office
One Priest. Four Children. Twenty Years Ago. Faith destroyed. It took 20 years for these victims to come forward to call out this Priest, seek justice, and reclaim their faith. The fight for these victims included overcoming the statute of limitations; finding a "secret vault" full of decades old allegations from many jurisdictions; discovering a "rehabilitation" center for "priests with boundary issues"; and learning that our offender was "put back in service" by the Church following “treatment." Creepy and surprising evidence was discovered during the various search warrants as well as the identification of additional persons victimized as adults by the defendant. This case study explores how we made sure this offender never wore a priest collar again.
Participants will learn about the documentation that exists within the church and hte best way to access this documentation.
Participants will learn how the church attempts to "rehabilitate" its priest as a result of "boundary violations" and the process for reinstating a priest's privileges.
Participants will learn how to calculate the statute of limitations for past offense dates which appear to have already expired.
Participants will learn tips and lessons learned on handling high profile cases and how to protect the privacy rights of the victims while balancing the required filings with the courts.