May 11, 2005

Group wants priests extradited for trials

East Valley Tribune

By Gary Grado, Tribune
A national victims support group wants Valley church and law enforcement leaders to keep trying to have three priests charged with molesting children returned to Arizona for trial.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests made the request in letters Monday to Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.

"We just want to make sure this doesnít get forgotten about," said Paul Pfaffenberger of Gilbert, SNAPís local leader.

Thomas spokesman Bill FitzGerald said the county attorney is seeking extradition of the three priests, but the matter is now in the hands of the U.S. State Department.

Diocese spokeswoman Mary Jo West said Olmsted has also done everything within canon law to get the three priests to return.

Posted by kshaw at May 11, 2005 11:15 AM