May 18, 2005

Group demands action to keep Beine jailed


The St. Louis School District should act to keep a former school counselor accused of indecent exposure behind bars, say members of a group representing people who have been abused by priests.

James Beine, also known as Mar James, was convicted in 2003 on charges of exposing himself to three students at a St. Louis grade school, but the Missouri Supreme Court overturned Beine's conviction. Beine, who also has been a priest in three area parishes, has chosen to remain in prison while the Missouri attorney general asks the court to reconsider the ruling.

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests sent letters two weeks ago to St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke and schools Superintendent Creg E. Williams imploring them to do what they can to keep Beine in jail.

Posted by kshaw at May 18, 2005 08:19 AM