NEWS Headlines  (since January 2004)

"Founder steps down while SNAP considers new directions", USA, National Catholic Reporter, Brian Roewe, February 20, 2017.

SNAP statement regarding the Gretchen Hammond’s recent lawsuit

February 01, 2017 12:41 PM
Statement by Mary Ellen Kruger of St. Louis, MO,
SNAP Volunteer Leader and Chairman of the SNAP Board of Directors
(314) 962-0964 cell,


"Former seminarian indicted, pleads not guilty to child sex crime charges [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, NBC4i(WCMH), Dan Pearlman, February 25, 2016.

“Ex-Seminarian Denies Child-Sex Charges”, Columbus, OH, Courthouse News Service, Bianca Bruno, February 25, 2016. 

"Survivors Group Says Ohio Diocese Ignored Reports About Child Sex Abuse Suspect", Columbus, OH, WCBE, Jim Letizia, February 10, 2016.

"SNAP Calls For Catholic Church To Host Public Meeting Regarding Joel Wright [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, 10TV, Maureen Kocot, February 9, 2016.

"Advocacy group wants Columbus bishop to publicize recent seminarian arrest", Columbus, OH, The Columbus Dispatch, JoAnne Viviano, February 9, 2016.

"Group Protests Diocese Of Steubenville For Handling Of Joel Wright Case [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, TV10, Maureen Kocot, February 8, 2016.

"SNAP addresses seminary student arrested on child sex charges [w/ video]”, Steubenville, OH, WTOV, Kendall Forward, February 8, 2016.


"Franciscan University Knew About Craigslist Ad Placed By Joel Wright Before Arrest", Columbus, OH, 10TV,  Tylar Bacome, February 5, 2016.

"How The So-Called Tipster Scammed, Then Exposed Joel Wright [w/ video]”,  Columbus, OH, TV10, February 5, 2016.

"Steubenville police had investigated former seminary student in 2015 after he offered to babysit kids", Columbus, OH, NBC4i (WCMH), February 4, 2016.

"Seminary student made prior attempts to obtain baby [w/ video]”, Steubenville, OH, WTOV, Julia Kramer, February 4, 2016.

"Alleged FBI Informat Describes Conversations With Joel Wright [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, 10TV, Tylar Bacome, February 3, 2016.

"Former Seminary Student Wanted To Pay Parents To Watch Their Children: Police Report [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, 10TV, February 3, 2016.

"Sex Abuse Victim Demands Transparency In Case Of Accused Seminary Student [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, 10TV, Tylar Bacome, February 2, 2016.


"Federal court will determine if former Ohio seminary student is allowed to bond out", Columbus, OH, NBC4i WCMH, February 2, 2016.

"“Baby buying” seminarian rejected by 45 dioceses, orders", USA, The Worthy Adversary, Joelle Casteix, February 2, 2016.

"Local human trafficking expert says recent high-profile case not surprising [w/video]”, Dayton, OH, ABC 22, Lisa Smith, February 1, 2016.

"Mother Of Accused Seminary Student: 'He's Innocent' [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, 10TV, Tylar Bacome, February 1, 2016.

"New details on seminary student arrested on child sex charges [w/ video]”, Steubenville, OH, WTOV, February 1, 2016.

"Wannabe priest allegedly wrote explicit online messages [w/ video]”, Burlington, VT, WCAX, February 1, 2016.

"Horrifying Details Uncovered In Seminary Student’s Quest For Child Sex [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, 10TV, February 1, 2016.


"Seminary Student's Past Reveals Troubling Information [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, 10TV, Evan Anderson, January 31, 2016.

"Seminary college "shocked" after student's alleged attempt to have sex with infant [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, Fox 28, James Jackson, January 31, 2016.

"Joel Wright: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know [with copy of the criminal complaint]”,, Tom Cleary, January 31, 2016.

"A criminal complaint against a former Ohio seminarian accused of attempting to have sex with young children in Mexico details alleged previous efforts to obtain access to small children", Gainesville, GA, WDUN from The Associated Press, January 31, 2016.

"Seminary student with local ties arrested on serious charges", Steubenville, OH, WTOV, January 30, 2016.

"New details on ex-seminary student accused of attempting to engage in sexual act with a child [w/ video]", Columbus, Ohio, WCMH NBC4i, Dan Pearlman, January 30, 2016.

"Would-be priest (23) charged with 'trying to arrange sex with infant girl'", Dublin, Ireland, Irish Independent, January 30, 2016.


"Former Vt. man accused of trying to have sex with infants", Burlington, VT, WCAX, January 30, 2016.

"Would-be priest 'sought sex with baby girl'", USA, Irish Examiner, January 30, 2016.

"Catholic student arrested on abuse allegations", USA/Mexico, Premier, Hannah Tooley, January 30, 2016.

"Trainee priest arrested and charged with trying to arrange sex with infants in Mexico", Mexico/California, Irish Independent, January 30, 2016.

"Ohio Seminary student arrested, charged with trying to arrange sex with infants", USA/Mexico, KLEW, Elizabeth Faugl, January 29, 2016.

"Man accused of flying to San Diego for sex with minors", San Diego, CA, San Diego Union-Tribune, David Hernandez, January 29, 2016.

"Former Columbus seminary student charged after allegedly trying to have sex with babies in Mexico [w/ video]”, Columbus, OH, NBC4i, Dan Pearlman and Michelle Rotuno-Johnson, January 29, 2016.

"US Bishop Finn, symbol of church's failure on sexual abuse, resigns," Vatican City and Kansas City, MO, USA, National Catholic Reporter, Joshua J. McElwee Brian Roewe Dennis Coday, April 21, 2015.


"Robert Finn, Missouri Bishop Convicted of Shielding Pedophile Priest, Resigns", USA,  The New York Times, April 21, 2015.

"Group protests Zalenski at Belmont College," Steubenville, OH, WTOV NBC9, March 13 2015.

"Bishop still refuses to talk about defrocked predator," Steubenville, OH, Statement by Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, February 24, 2015.  

"Updated NEWS9 Special Assignment: Gary Zalenski a fight for his faith [with video]," Steubenville, OH, WTOV, February 24, 2015.

"NEWS9 Special Assignment: Gary Zalenski a fight for his faith," Steubenville, OH, WTOV, February 23, 2015.

This page has been removed by WTOV.   Steubenville, OH, WTOV NBC 9, "Why no public comment from Church on priest's removal?" [w/ video], December 10, 2014.

Steubenville, OH, WTOV NBC 9, "Zalenski removed from priesthood [w/ video]", December 10, 2014.   

Steubenville, OH, WTRF CBS7, “Diocese of Steubenville Dismisses Priest”, December 9, 2014.


Steubenville, OH, Statement by Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), “A man too dangerous to be a Catholic priest has been formally expelled by the Vatican”, December 7, 2014.

Toledo, OH, Toledo Free Press, "Vercellotti: Convicted priest’s funeral insensitive, outrageous", July 11, 2014.  

Toledo, OH, National Catholic Reporter, "Funeral Mass for priest convicted of murder will follow 'usual protocol'", July 9, 2014.

Toledo, OH, Toledo Blade, "Robinson’s long appeals process allows him to be buried as priest [w/ video]", July 7/8, 2014.

Toledo, OH, NBC 24, "Funeral plans for Father Robinson creating controversy", July 7, 2014.

Toledo, OH, 13 ABC, "Father Robinson to be given priest's funeral [w/ video]", July 5, 2014.

Hamilton, OH, Hamilton Spectator, "Late Catholic priest who stabbed nun to death will get funeral Mass", July 5, 2014.

Toledo, OH, Toledo Blade, "Toledo priest Gerald Robinson, convicted in nun’s 1980 murder, dies while incarcerated", July 5, 2014.


Steubenville, OH, WTRF, "Group Wants Former Neffs Pastor Accused of Sexual Abuse Defrocked [with video]", June 17, 2014.

Steubenville, OH, WTOV, " Protest against former priest [with video]", June 17, 2014.

Steubenville, OH, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, " Predator priest now teaches", June 16, 2014

Columbus, OH, The Columbus Dispatch, "Civil registry of sex abusers never used", March 19, 2014.

Milwaukee, WI, blogtalkradio, "57 million and religious liberty--an interview with SNAP", August 9, 2013.

Woodsfield, OH, NBC WTOV-TV9, "Six arrested in child sex investigation", August 2, 2013.

Wheeling, WV, WTRF CBS TV7 (w/video), "Two Teens Facing Charges of Making Threats Against Rape Victim", March 18, 2013.

Steubenville, NY Times, "2 Ohio teenagers found guilty in rape of girl", March 17, 2013.

Steubenville, NBC News (w/video), "Verdicts in Steubenville high school rape trial", March 17, 2013.


Steubenville, WTOV TV9, "Ohio AG wants grand jury to review teen rape case for possible additional charges", March 17, 2013.

Steubenville, WTOV TV9, "Teens convicted of raping 16-year-old girl; sentenced to juvenile detention facility", March 17, 2013.

Steubenville, CNN (w/ video), "Two teens found guilty in Steubenville rape case", March 17, 2013.

Wheeling, WV, WTRF CBS TV7, "Steubenville Rape Trial Update: Judge Finds Defendants Delinquent", March 17, 2013.

Steubenville, WTOV TV9, "Closing arguments made in Steubenville teen rape trial; verdict expected to be handed down Sunday", March 16, 2013.

Wheeling, WV, WTRF CBS TV7 (w/video), "Steubenville rape trial stretches into night alleged victim may testify Saturday Ohio", March 16, 2013.

Steubenville, The Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register, "Rape Trial Day 4-Closing Arguments Complete", March 16, 2013.


Steubenville, CNN (w/ video), "Alleged victim in Steubenville rape case says she woke up naked", March 16, 2013.

Steubenville, Herald-Star, "Alleged victim details messages", March 16, 2013.

***Steubenville Herald-Star Articles Covering the Raping Football Players' Trial***

Steubenville, NBC News  (w/ video), "Accusers veracity questioned in Steubenville rape trial", March 16, 2013.

Steubenville, NY Times, "Text Messages at Center of Rape Trial Testimony", March 14, 2013.

Steubenville, NBC News (w/video), "As rape trial opens, prosecutor says girl was 'too impaired to say no'",  March 13, 2013.

USA, BishopAccountability, "Pope to Resign: Statement by Anne Barrett Doyle, Co-Director,", February 12, 2013. 

Rome, CNN, "Pope Benedict to resign at the end of the month, Vatican says (with videos)", February 11, 2013.

Steubenville, Daily Mail, "EXCLUSIVE: High school footballer star apologizes posting sickening picture Ohio rape victim", January 12, 2013.


Steubenville, OH,, "Social media casts spotlight on Ohio rape case", January 4, 2013.

Steubenville, Ohio, Huffington, "Steubenville High School students joke about  rape in vidoe targeted by Anonymous", January 3, 2013.

Steubenville, OH,, "Steubenville rape case: video shows students laughing about alleged rape", January 2, 2013.

Steubenville, OH, "SNAP calls for action at Steubenville High", Decmeber 19, 2012.

Steubenville, Ohio, NY Times, "Rape Case Unfolds on Web and Splits City",  December 16, 2012.

SNAP Statement, "SNAP_is_encouraged_by_new_Ohio_bishop", July 3, 2012.

Steubenville, OH, Herald Star, "Michigan priest named bishop of Diocese of Steubenville", July 3, 2012.

Philadelphia, PA, CBS News (w/ video), "Landmark church sex abuse case ends testimony", April 26, 2012.

Kansas City, USA, NCRonline, "Judge orders Kansas City bishop to stand trial in abuse case", April 5, 2012.


NY, National Organization of Women, "Catholic Bishops trying to squash small group bringing sex abuse charges", March 13, 2012.

USA, NY Times, opinion, "Hurting Victims’ Advocates", March 13, 2012.

USA, NY Times, "Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse Victims’ Group", March 12, 2012.

Kansas City, USA,, "SNAP subpoenas harm key ally victims", January 13, 2012.

Ohio, Marietta Times, editorial, "Eight common myths about child sexual abuse", January 7, 2012.

USA, Washington Times, "An end to silence: Child sex abuse victims speaking out", November 27, 2011.

Ohio, Marietta Times, "Victims, others should report sex abuse", Novemeber 17, 2011.

Youngstown, WKBN CBS TV27 (w/video), "Experts Offer Insight Into Child Sex Abuse", November 11, 2011.

Rome, Time Magazine, "Could the Vatican Go to Court for Human-Rights Abuses?", September 20, 2011.

Pomeroy Daily Sentinel, "Catholic parish bids Heinz ‘heart-felt’ goodbye", July 3, 2011.


Marietta Times, "SNAP sounds alert about area diocese", July 19, 2011.

Steubenville Herald Star, "Conlon leaves for Joliet", July 10, 2011.

Cincinnatti City Beat, "Catholic Church Tries to Deflect Blame", June 1, 2011.

Joliet, IL, The Beacon-news, "Diocese of Joliet getting new bishop", May 18, 2011.

Cambridge, OH, The Daily-Jeff, "Pope names Ohio bishop to head Joliet diocese", May 17, 2011.


Youngstown, The Vindicator, "Victims of sex abuse protest beatification of Pope John Paul II", May 1, 2011.

Youngstown, WBKN TV27 (video), "Parishioners Asked to Sign Abuse Pledge", May 1, 2011.

Youngstown, WFMJ TV21 (video),"Group Works to Protect Children from Abuse from Religious Leaders", May 1, 2011.

Marietta Times, "It’s time for everyone to help prevent child sex abuse", April 4, 2011.

Catholica Australia, "Cardinal Rigali Avoids Prison ... For Now!", February, 26, 2011.


Steubenville, OH, WTOV TV9, "H.S. Coach, Teacher On Leave After Abuse Allegations", January 3, 2011.

Kent, WKSU NPR 89.7, "Local bishop named chairman of American Catholic church committee", November 17, 2010.

Letter from SNAP sent out to over 185 US Bishops, RE: Reverend R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of Steubenville, November 11, 2010.

Cambridge, OH, Dan Davis/The Daily Jeffersonian, "Release of records in Beth Rocker's case of alleged sexual abuse by priest pending",      October 29, 2010.

Rome, ABC News, "Prosecutors: Vatican Bank Defying Laundering Laws", October 22, 2010.

Canton, OH,, "SNAP to begin monthly meetings for victims of abuse", October 20, 2011.

NY, The Huffington Post, "NUN ABUSE: A Survivor's Message for the Vatican", September 21, 2010.

Reuters UK, "Tiny anti-Pope rally draws huge police response", September 9, 2010.

Columbus, The Daily Reporter, "Justices reverse public records action ruling", July 21, 2010.

Ohio Supreme Court, "Court Rules Alleged Sex Abuse Victim Entitled to Redacted Copies of Police Records from Investigation", July 20, 2010.

NY Times, Opinion, "Rome Fiddles, We Burn", July 18, 2010., "As costs, risks loom, U.S. dioceses turn out elderly abusive priests they had pledged to monitor", July 4, 2010.


Belgium Crisis and SNAP Responses

        Belgium - Sydney Morning Herald, "Belgian archbishop vows clean slate", September 14, 2010.

        SNAP     Response to Belgium Abuse Report and Bishops' Plan, September 12, 2010.

        Belgium - Channel 4, "Catholic bishop hides as abuse crisis unfolds", September 12, 2010.

        England - Sydney Morning Herald, "Call to treat Vatican as a rogue state", September 9, 2010.

        Vatican - Vatican blasts Belgian police raid; Sex abuse victims blast Vatican, June 25, 2010

       Belgium - Some Belgian victims may be upset; US abuse group reassures them, June 25, 2010

       Belgium - Clergy sex victims blast head of Belgium church abuse panel, June 24, 2010

       Belgium - Police raid Belgian Catholic hierarchy in abuse probe; SNAP responds, June 24, 2010

NY Times, "Abuse Loosens Church’s Culture of Silence in Italy", June 26, 2010.


NY Times, "Vatican Criticizes Raid on Belgian Church Offices", June 25, 2010.

BBC News, "Belgian Catholic offices raided in sex abuse probe", June 24, 2010.

Marietta Times, editorial, "Recent ruling has taken rights of victims away", June 7, 2010.

Supreme Court of Ohio, "12-Year Time Limit for Filing Child Sexual Abuse Suits Does Not Stop Running Based on Repressed Memories",
       May 5, 2010.

Press Release RE: The appearance of retired Cincinnati Archbishop Pilarczyk, January 11, 2010.

SNAPSteubenville Press Release RE: Fr. John Nadzam, April 3, 2009

Bishop Conlon names Fr. John Nadzam in allegation of child abuse, April 3, 2009

Steubenville Register, Response to Judy Jones editorial, January 9, 2009

Press Release: Victim Files Lawsuit ... January 8, 2009

"Callous" emails from Steubenville Dioceses priests

Daily Jeffersonian article, RE: Woman says priest assaulted her, December 31, 2008

Judy Jones Letter to the Editor, The Steubenville Register December 26, 2008


News Coverage of the Guernsey County Grand Jury Finding, October 1, 2008

SNAPStubenville Press Release RE:  Letter to Bishop Conlon, August 6, 2008

Letter to Bishop Conlon, RE: Rocker Travel to Grand Jury, August 6, 2008

Daily Jeffersonian article on Bishop Conlon's July 16, 2008 Reply; July 25, 2008.

SNAPSteubenville Press Release Regarding Bishop Conlon's Reply July 16, 2008; Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Letter Exchange Between Rocker Attorney and Bishop Conlon, June - July 2008.  

Daily Jeffersonian article on Survivors' News Confernce in Lore City, OH, July 16, 2008

The Maritta Times Editorial on Survivors' and Suppoters' Letter to Bishop Conlon, June 11, 2008

Erie Times News Article on SNAP Rally in Washington, DC before Pope Visit, April 14, 2008

Marrietta Times Editorial on
Delay in Zalenski Case, April 10, 2008

The Zanesville Times Recorder article on SNAP Billboard and Delay in Zalenski Case, March 19, 2008

Daily Jeffersonian article on Victim Filing Against Zalenski, January 8, 2008


The Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register article on Victim Filing Against Zalenski, January 8, 2008

Daily Jeffersonian article on 
Privacy for Zalenski Victim, December 7, 2007

SNAPSteubenville Press Release and Letter to Bishop Conlon, December 6, 2007

SNAPSteubenville Press Release and Letter to Bishop Conlon, November 28, 2007

Steubenville HeraldStar article on Zalenski, November 26, 2007

The Intelligencer-Wheeling News Register article on Zalenski, November 20, 2007

Daily Jeffersonian article on Zalenski and Interview with SNAPSteubenville, November 20, 2007

WTOV9: SNAPSteubenville Comments on Zalenski; Holds Support Meeting in Cambridge, November 19, 2007

WTOV9: Zalenski Denies Allegation, Novemeber 18,2007

Statement by Bishop Conlon, Diocese of Steubenville, Removing Rev. Gary A. Zalenski, November 17, 2007

Zanesville Times Recorder article about SNAPSteubenville, Tuesday, November 13, 2007


WHIZ-TV Coverage of  SNAP Meeting in New Concord, Monday, Sept. 17, 2007

Zanesville Times Recorder article about SNAPSteubenville, Tuesday, September 4, 2007

SNAPSteubenville Press Release; Monday, August 27, 2007


Marietta Times Article about SNAPSteubenville meetings; Friday,  August 3, 2007

SNAPSteubenville Press Release; Friday, July 13, 2007

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director if SNAP 20 May 2007

Support Group Reaches Out To Those Abused By Clergy   14 May 2007

Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on Steubenville Fails Abuse Compliance, January 11, 2004