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SNAP Protests Religious Brother in Los Gatos Accused of Sexual Molestation

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests hold news conference at noon in town to alert community that Brother 'Bill' William Farrington is the subject of two investigations of alleged sexual abuse.

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests were walking around downtown Los Gatos at noon Wednesday alerting the community that Brother "Bill" William Farrington, who resides at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, has been named as a credible molester of children in Northern California.

Joey Piscitelli, Northern California director of SNAP, stood at the intersection of College Avenue and E. Main Street with fliers in his hand that read, "Protect your children. Accused sex offender Catholic priest!"

"We're trying to alert the town of Los Gatos that there's an alleged serial sexual predator that's been roaming around unsupervised," Piscitelli said, after Channel 4 had interviewed him about the recent outing of the former religious brother who's been accused of sexual wrongdoing while working at Catholic schools.

Piscitelli said Jesuit High School authorities in Carmichael and Los Gatos Jesuit Center officials released statements Tuesday to the public that he's alleged to have molested children. At least one former Bellarmine College Preparatory student in San Jose and another at the Catholic school near Sacramento have come forward alleging Farrington molested them, Piscitelli said.

Father Alfred E. Naucke, with the Sacred Heart Center in Los Gatos, declined comment and referred all media inquiries to Patrick Walsh, the Order's spokesman.

It's believed that Farrington worked at Bellarmine in the '60s and '70s, Piscitelli said and worked up until 1987 at Jesuit High School.

Piscitelli has frequently visited the center located at 300 College Ave., just above Town Hall, to protest Father Jerold Lindner, whom Santa Clara County prosecutors have admitted is a known sexual offender.

a San Francisco man who had been accused of felony assault and elder abuse of the priest he said had raped and sodomized him and his brother while they were children. He was acquitted by a jury on July 5.

"What is alarming about this is that the Jesuits didn't make any effort to alert the community until now. He was removed in 2002 from ministry due to the allegations," Piscitelli said. "It takes 10 years for them to tell the community there's a predator. What has he done in the last 10 years? What has he done here? Where has he been? Who's watching him?"

Parents in the area need to know that Farrington is capable of molestation, Piscitelli added.

Walsh issued a press release on Tuesday that said Bellarmine College Preparatory alumni, who graduated from 1964 to 1974, will be receiving letters from Father Michael Weiler, the provincial of the California Jesuits, and fellow alumnus, Mike Grabill, who reports being sexually abused by Farrington in the 1960s while he was a boarding student at the school. 

“Mike asked that I write to introduce his letter that relates his experience and encourages others who may have been abused to move along the path of healing as he has,” said Father Weiler, a 1972 Bellarmine graduate. “On behalf of my fellow Jesuits, I apologize to Mike and to anyone else who may have been abused. We desire to further the healing of anyone harmed by a Jesuit of this Province.”

Grabill, a 1968 Bellarmine graduate, told Jesuits that he had been sexually abused by Farrington, who supervised the school’s boarding students in the 1960s and 1970s, according to the release.

“At each step, I was met with an apology, concern, caring and willingness to help,” Grabill is quoted saying in the release. “They [the Jesuits] support my desire to send this letter as an expression of my care and concern for my classmates who might have had (during that time) similar painful experiences.” 

Farrington was removed from ministry with minors after allegations surfaced from another former student, Walsh wrote in the release.

He now exercises no public ministry and lives under close supervision at the Jesuit infirmary in Los Gatos, he added.

His restrictions are reviewed annually by a lay advisory board that includes medical professionals, law enforcement and business leaders from the local civic community, he said.

Since the sexual abuse crisis surfaced 10 years ago, the California Province of the Society of Jesus has submitted itself to the supervision of Praesidium, an independent company which certifies the training and protocols meant to protect minors and ensure the proper reporting of  suspected abuse, the release stated.

Anyone who has experienced sexual abuse by a Jesuit of the California Province may contact law enforcement and the Victim Advocate for the California Province Ms. Mary Pat Panighetti at 408-893-8398, the release said.

LoyolaAlum September 28, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Suspected Jesuit Abuser Farrington Update This is the letter that went to 20,000 alums of Loyola Marymount University regarding the suspected Jesuit abuser Br. Farrington, SJ. Farrington lives at the Jesuit Los Gatos facility where Fr. Jerold Lindner has a room. http://www.laloyolan.com/opinion/letter-from-the-president-university-sends-letter-regarding-farrington/article_2e8cdcb2-0784-11e2-8a81-001a4bcf6878.html
LoyolaAlum October 05, 2012 at 03:20 AM
New source on Jesuit sex abuse http://vu2103.katla.orangewebsite.com/jesuit-abuser-washed-up-on-hawaii-shores/ http://vu2103.katla.orangewebsite.com/ Sample article: Jesuit Clergy Abuser Washed Up on Hawaii Shores Posted on October 4, 2012 Another Chapter in Where in the World was Donald McGuire SJ – Hawaii This time at WTK we begin with a picture and not a document. In an image worth a thousand words and possibly millions more in monetary damages for victims, we have Donald McGuire SJ in Honolulu, Hawaii circa 2003. He was already under strict supervision from Chicago at the time of the picture and had to provide itineraries to his superiors for approval of travel. We don’t know if any young male “assistants” accompanied him to the sandy beaches of Honolulu, yet. Or if this was his only trip there? As WTK reported earlier McGuire’s good friend and fellow sued abuser Bishop Joseph Sullivan of Baton Rouge was subject to a lawsuit in Hawaii in 2005. Donald McGuire SJ didn’t know his ship was sinking while visiting Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Good Bye Statute of Limitations for Jesuit Abuse? Donald McGuire SJ is now a very interesting legal problem for the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus. For nearly the last decade the Chicago Jesuits and their attorneys, the best donated dollars can buy, have fought McGuire victims arguing most abuse fell outside the antiquated Statute of Limitations (laws limiting the time when a lawsuit can be brought).
LoyolaAlum October 26, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Alleged abuser Jesuit Br. Farrington of Los Gatos update: University resisted having a child care center while Br. Farrington was there – maybe just a coincidence. http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2012/10/26/29015/family-friendly-companies-make-parenting-a-little-/
LoyolaAlum November 18, 2012 at 07:20 PM
In regard to: San Jose bishop apologizes for allowing sex offender on school grounds http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/San-Jose-bishop-apologizes-for-allowing-sex-4047365.php Saint Frances Cabrini Parish is 5 miles from Jesuit headquarters in Los Gatos, where Jesuit Fr. Jerold Lindner has lived since 2002. Is Jesuit Fr. Jerold Lindner, a Los Gatos resident since 2002 and an alleged serial predator, prohibited from all Catholic campuses? Fr. Lindner, who has allegedly made death threats, had close contact with James Chevedden, a potential whistle blower, on the day of Chevedden’s sudden death across the street from the Hedding Street Courthouse in downtown San Jose. This is one-mile from the Bellarmine College Preparatory campus, which is also on Hedding.
LoyolaAlum November 20, 2012 at 05:02 PM
San Jose parish pastor resigns due to child molester volunteer In regard to: San Jose parish pastor resigns in wake of scandal over child molester volunteer http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_22029851/san-jose-parish-pastor-resigns-wake-scandal-over Saint Frances Cabrini Parish is 5 miles from Jesuit headquarters in Los Gatos, where Jesuit Fr. Jerold Lindner, an alleged serial predator, has lived since 2002 with other alleged Jesuit predators. Is Jesuit Fr. Jerold Lindner and other alleged Jesuit predators prohibited from all Catholic parishes and campuses?

 Jesuit headquarters in Los Gatos sends Jesuit living at Los Gatos to parishes miles from Los Gatos. How does a parish know whether a visiting Los Gatos Jesuit is an alleged sex offender or not?

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