29 Oct 2010

SNAP advocacy group say school outed man who claimed clergy abuse

ABC Eye-Witness News5 KSTP TV - Minneapolis & St. Paul May 22, 2009

By: Becky Nahm

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims claimed a Twin Cities school principal deliberately outed an former student who filed a lawsuit allegedly abuse by a Catholic brother.

SNAP, which stands for Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said the principal at Cretin-Derham Hall, Richard Engler, used the former student's name in a letter sent home to parents this week.

The letter followed news that the former student had filed suit against the school on Monday. The suit accused Brother Charles Anthony Raimond Rose of abusing the man when he was a student at the school in 1970.

Friday a Bob Schwiderski, a spokesperson for SNAP, accused the school of deliberately exposing the student to scare other victims from coming forward.

SNAP asked the Archdiocese to take action against Engler.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS called Engler. We were told he was not available for comment.

Rose has also been accused of molesting a teenager at DeLaSalle Catholic high school in the 1960s.

In a statement regarding that case, the Christian Brothers of the Midwest said the 76-year-old Rose has not been active in the ministry or had any contact with minors since 2002.

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