November 03, 2005

Sex abuse victims publicize that ex-priest, an alleged pedophile, lives in city of Westlake Village

Thousand Oaks Acorn

By Daniel Wolowicz

“Warning! Alleged child molester lives near you.”

The words on the flyer left little doubt as to why members of a group called Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) recently went door-todoor to speak with residents living on the 31000 block of Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village.

Members and supporters of the priest abuse survivors’ group handed out the flyers to notify residents that one of their neighbors, Kevin Barmasse, is a former priest accused of sexual abuse.

The group’s actions raised the question as to how far the public can go in its quest to draw attention to accused sex offenders. Barmasse has never been convicted of any sex abuse charges and his name is not listed on the Megan’s Law website, an Internet resource that carries the names of sex offenders.

Posted by kshaw at November 3, 2005 05:07 PM