February 23, 2005

SNAP seeks case probe

Daily News

By Susan Abram, Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA - A national support group of sex abuse victims is questioning the decisions made by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, in light of his suicide in Newhall and allegations he was under investigation for child molestation.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP, filed a letter Tuesday with presiding Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William MacLaughlin, asking him to review the cases decided on by Judge Lloyd Jeffrey Wiatt, a Valencia resident.

The letter asks MacLaughlin to specifically review sex abuse cases handled by Wiatt, who members of SNAP say may have been lenient on such hearings.

"If Wiatt was a molester himself, how could he possibly treat molestation victims with fairness?" said Mary Grant, Western Regional Director for SNAP. "Citizens and taxpayers need to know whether the victims of sex crimes were treated impartially by Wiatt or not."

Posted by kshaw at February 23, 2005 07:02 AM