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Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network supports abusive former priest

Yesterday, Marguerite Laurent of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (HLLN), sent an email requesting that concerned friends of Haiti DEMAND that RON VOSS, a noted sexual predator and homosexual pedophile, be released from questioning by the Haitian Police and MINUSTHA.

It is a sad day indeed if so-called lovers of democracy and justice take up arms to defend a defrocked priest who has abused hundreds of boys while a priest in Indiana. What does this say about the morality of Marguerite Laurent, of her network and of her allies, when they defend and protect dangerous social deviants and sociopaths who have caused untold damage and committed unspeakable acts on defenseless young children in the United States and in Haiti ?

Who is Ron Voss ?

Ron Voss is an American who was a Catholic priest in Indiana for many years. In 1997, many years before the well-publicized hunt for sexual predators in the Catholic Church resulted in arrests and convictions, the Indianapolis Star published a series of investigative articles which identifid Ron Voss as a pedophile and sexual predator. This happened four years after he fled the United States to settle in Haiti, with the complicity of his superiors in the Catholic Church - Bishop William Higi in particular who has made a career out of protecting pedophile priests and sabotaging investigations into sexual crimes committed by these sexual predators. What is interesting is that Ron Voss has gone back to callim himself a PRIEST in Haiti, when in fact he chose to return to lay life to escape prosecution and a church inquiry in Indiana. [1] [2] [3]

Voss sexually abused teenagers at a family camp, no less. And these are only the DOCUMENTED cases. How many other children fell victim to Voss’s sexual deviance ? AND HOW MANY HAITIAN BOYS HAVE BEEN RAPED BY THIS SEXUAL PREDATOR ? HOW MANY FAMILIES HAVE SUFFERED THE INDIGNITY OF HAVING THIS PEDOPHILE HURT THEIR LOVED ONES ? AND WHY HASN’T ANY AUTHORITY IN HAITI INVESTIGATED THIS NOTED SOCIOPATH ?

Ron Voss was actually a friend of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide [4]. So it stands to reason that he would be protected from prosecution and shielded from the law by a notd foe of democracy. But in the meantime, how many crimes has he committed in Haiti against children ?

You Need to Take Action Today !!!

You need to take steps TODAY to protect Haitian children against sexual crimes, whether from Haitian sexual predators or foreign ones like Ron Voss. You need to take action today and do the following :

1. Call on the Haitian government to expel from Haiti all known sexual predators, INCLUDING RON VOSS who got a slap on the wrist in Indiana from permanently scarring eight tenagers and abusing countless other chidren who never came forward.

2. Ask the Haitian Lawyer Leadership Network and its allies to STOP PROTECTING AND DEFENDING KNOWN AND NOTED SEXUAL PREDATORS who are hurting Haiti’s youth.

[1] Article on Ron Voss in the Indianapolis Star

WARNING ABOUT EX-PRIEST URGED SUSPECTED ABUSER IS A THREAT TO KIDS IN HAITI, AND CHURCH SHOULD ACT, GROUP SAYS. by Robert King October 9, 2004

A former priest accused of abusing eight male teenagers in Indiana a decade ago poses an ongoing threat to children in Haiti, and the Catholic Church should do something to stop him, a national group that represents abuse victims said Friday.

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said Indiana ?s Catholic bishops also should do more to find others victimized by Ron Voss, who resigned his ministry in 1993 and now lives in Haiti.

"We would like to see the bishops do what Jesus Christ told us to do : go out and find the lost and wounded sheep," David Clohessy, SNAP ?s national director, said at a news conference in front of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis headquarters.

Voss was a priest in the Diocese of Lafayette, which was the subject of a report that appeared in The Indianapolis Star in 1997. It documented claims of abuse against 16 priests, including Voss, and that diocese ?s effort to keep the cases quiet.

Voss was not criminally charged.

Efforts to reach him in Haiti were unsuccessful.

Clohessy called on Indianapolis Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein to use Catholic publications and media to warn others about Voss, reach out to Voss ? victims and help police and prosecutors tackle his case.

Susan Borcherts, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said Buechlein has no influence over the Diocese of Lafayette, which is headed by Bishop William L. Higi.

Monsignor Robert Sell, the vicar general in Lafayette, said Voss having been granted a request to return to being a lay member of the church was no longer a priest and was not under the authority of the Lafayette Diocese.

But Sell said it was his understanding that Voss continues to do volunteer work in Haiti through a program that encourages Catholic parishes in America to partner with parishes in Haiti for assistance and help with parish life.

The Star ?s 1997 report revealed that Voss, a native of Anderson, abused teens at a family camp in northern Delaware County.

After accusations arose against him in 1988, he received therapy and moved to Haiti.

Clohessy said Voss ? move resembles a pattern exposed recently by the Dallas Morning News. That paper documented how accused priests frequently move or are transferred overseas often to Third World countries where law enforcement is lax and children in poverty are vulnerable.

"This report has re-kindled our long-standing worries about shrewd, abusive clergy who now live in other countries," Clohessy wrote in his letter to Archbishop Buechlein.

Sell said Voss was no longer a threat to children because he has gone through and continues to take part in therapy. Experts have determined Voss "was not a threat to minors and that he had an awareness of what his weakness and proclivities might be," Sell said.

The Lafayette Diocese contacted state Child Protection Services officials about each case involving Voss that it became aware of, but the state took no action, Sell said. Further, the diocese ?s weekly newspaper continues to publish notices urging victims of abuse by any priest to contact authorities, he said.

Clohessy, who will speak today about the abuse scandal at St. Thomas Aquinas Church at 46th and Illinois streets, said the bishops should do more than wait for the phone to ring.

"All too often we see the bishops doing the bare minimum," he said.

[2] Another important news report is as follows :

http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp ?S=2407252&nav=0Ra7RnvV

[3] Yet another report on black-collar crime involving Ron Voss :

http://www.ffrf.org/fttoday/1997/june_july97/betrayal.html

[4] Voss befriended Prsident Aristide and received support in return from support from the former President :

http://www.olgp.net/ministry/haiti/memorial/mem.htm