November 21, 2005

Activists say convicted priest lives too close to child-care facility


Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - For nearly three months after his conviction for sexually abusing a boy in the 1970s, a retired Roman Catholic priest lived in a retirement home next to a child-care facility in St. Louis County, apparently in violation of state law.

On Monday, the St. Louis Archdiocese said it has moved the Rev. Thomas Graham to a different facility, away from children.

The announcement came after the activist group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) revealed earlier Monday that Graham was living at the Regina Cleri retirement home in Shrewsbury, a suburb of St. Louis.

The Berry Patch child-care facility is separated from the retirement home by a wooded area, but is on the same sprawling property as the retirement home. State law forbids convicted sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school or child-care facility.

Posted by kshaw at November 21, 2005 04:03 PM