More victims come forward alleging they were sexually abused by former NJ church pastor

More victims come forward alleging they were sexually abused by former NJ church pastor

The Archdiocese of Newark confirms Father Mitch Walters was removed from ministry last October after 2 others made similar claims

Reported by Mike Delgado
July 3, 2016 6:05 pm

From the Link:

More victims are coming forward claiming they were abused at the hands of a Catholic priest in new Jersey.

“He molested me on two occasions. He fondled me on by buttocks and breast outside my clothes. I was also subject to years of predatory grooming by him,” Danielle Polemeni, said.

The former upper Montclair native is the latest to speak up, alleging her former church pastor, Father Mitch Walters sexually abused her when she was only 13.

“I had been processing my abuse from Father Mitch for many years. I didn’t feel like I would be ready to come forward myself.”

The Archdiocese of Newark confirms Walters was removed from ministry last October after two others made similar claims.

Ultimately, the victims want Father Walters removed from priesthood.

However, an archdiocese of Newark spokesman says they don’t have enough evidence to make that call because they say the victims are not coming to them directly to tell their stories.

But Dr. Hoatson argues that’s nonsense as the diocese already had Father Walters step down from the ministry when the allegations first surfaced.

Danielle and others are taking legal action and she encourages other potential victims to come forward as well.

“I can’t say this enough you do not need to feel guilt or shame anymore,” Polemeni saod.

The Essex County prosecutors is also investigating.


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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on July 21, 2016, in Archdiocese of Newark, Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Father Mitch Walters, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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