Priest Defrocked Over Sex Allegations Goes to Work for the TSA

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  1. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

  2. Dude. I came in thinking for sure this was an Onion headline.
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Why am I not surprised that this person found a place where they can freely feel up and sexually assault people? TSA working for America!
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Wonderful, he should fit right in!
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  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach Profiles of 25 Priests Who Are Accused of Sexual Abuse

    Thomas Harkins

    Ordained: 1971​

    Allegations: The parents of a young girl told the diocese in 1979 or 1980 that Harkins had abused their daughter after meeting her in religious instruction class, a lawsuit alleged.​
    The suit says that when the parents brought their complaint to another priest at Harkins' parish, that priest responded by threatening them with the loss of salvation. That priest died in 2000.​
    Harkins was sent away for treatment, with no public disclosure of the abuse allegation.​

    At about the same time, Harkins, assigned to St. Anthony of Padua Church in Hammonton, allegedly molested a second girl. When her parents complained to the diocese - not until 1986 - they were warned that pursuing the matter could damage the church's reputation, the suit said.​

    The church paid settlements in both cases, totaling $195,000.​

    Church response: Despite a state law requiring that police be notified of abuse against minors, the church never contacted authorities in the Harkins case, the suit said. From 1993 to 2000, Harkins was assigned to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden; the parish apparently was chosen because it had few families, Walton said. In 2000, the church made Harkins a prison chaplain.​

    Bishop Joseph A. Galante criticized the church's handling of the case. "It is indefensible that the complaint was not acted on appropriately," he said.​
    Walton added: "He should not have been returned to ministry. Law enforcement should have been notified. This would be a serious and inexcusable failure on the part of the diocesan administration to fulfill its obligation to the community."​

    Status :In 2002, the church permanently removed Harkins, now 59. He could not be located.

    I think we know where he is now.
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  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States

    Harkins Thomas M. 1971 P Sued Dioscean Named in 1994 RICO civil suit filed in Camden. Allegation of abuse of girl in 1979-80. Sent for therapy. 2nd allegation. Both settled for total of $195K. Church did not report allegation to police per state law. Sent for treatment on other occasions. Active until 2002 when permanently removed. Woman filed suit 5/16/12 alleging abuse on multiple occasions in 1980 and 1981 at St. Anthony of Padua in Hammondton. Camden, NJ Source:
    Philadelphia Inquirer 10.16.05; Courier Post 5.17.12
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  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Also from

    Suit: S.J. Priest Molested Girl
    By Jim Walsh
    The Courier-Post
    May 17, 2012

    CAMDEN — A North Carolina woman has sued the Diocese of Camden, alleging church officials failed to protect her from an abusive priest in the early 1980s.

    Lisa Syvertson Shanahan alleges the Rev. Thomas Harkins molested her on multiple occasions in 1980 and 1981 at a Hammonton church. The assaults stopped, the lawsuit says, when Harkins "suddenly" left St. Anthony of Padua parish in 1982.

    The lawsuit asserts that Harkins was removed from the parish after another girl accused him of assaulting her, but that church officials did not make that public. Harkins was removed from the priesthood in 2002, after the diocese had settled two complaints in the 1980s that alleged he had abused young girls in Hammonton.

    This is the second lawsuit brought against the diocese this year alleging sexual abuse by a priest. An Ohio man, Mark Bryson, sued in January, alleging he had been abused about 45 years ago by the Rev. Joseph Shannon at a Camden parish, also called St. Anthony of Padua.

    The woman's attorney, Daniel Hartstein of Cherry Hill, and diocesan spokesman Peter Feuerherd could not be reached for comment. Harkins also could not be reached.

    Shanahan, who was born in 1969, alleges the abuse occurred when she was a fifth-grade student taking CCD, or religious-instruction, classes from Harkins. The suit accuses Harkins of "grooming" the girl for sexual abuse.

    "He frequently chose her to do the readings during the Sunday Children's Mass, a special honor reserved for the best and brightest children in the parish, and frequently gave her special gifts, such as a pink rosary and bookmarks," the lawsuit says. "Harkins even took Lisa on a day trip to Atlantic City for a pro-life parade."

    The priest inappropriately touched the girl through her clothing on about 10 to 15 occasions in 1980-81, the suit alleges. After one assault, the lawsuit says, Harkins allegedly told Shanahan "that she was a good girl and reassured her that everything was OK with what he had done."

    The suit alleges the diocese's secretive handling of Harkins allowed him to target multiple girls over the years. "Harkins preyed on underage girls and used his position as a priest of the diocese to obtain access to his victims long before he began sexually abusing Lisa," the suit says.

    It contends the diocese "knew or should have known" of misconduct by Harkins, claiming he was treated for "sexual misconduct" in 1978 and 1982 and that another girl's parents had complained about Harkins to the parish pastor, the Rev. Umberto Carta, during the time of Shanahan's alleged abuse.

    "At no point prior to his removal from the priesthood did the diocese disclose that Father Harkins was the subject of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct (and) that his history of sexually abusing children was known to the diocese at least as early as 1978," the lawsuit asserts.

    Both sides are likely to fight over the state's two-year statute of limitations for such suits.

    An attorney for the diocese in March asked a federal judge to dismiss Bryson's suit, arguing the legal deadline passed when Bryson was 20, or two years after he became an adult.

    Shanahan's lawsuit asserts she did not realize she had grounds to sue until October 2009, when she learned of recent lawsuits by other alleged victims of Harkin. The two sides have agreed to toll, or suspend, the passage of time toward the legal deadline from Aug. 8, 2011, to the present, the lawsuit says.

  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    From Prison Legal News (Sept 2010) ...

    Prisons a Dumping Ground for Abusive Clergy?


    Another priest who committed​
    acts of sexual abuse and was then assigned​
    to work as a prison chaplain was​
    Thomas Harkins. Harkins was accused​
    of molesting two young girls in the​
    1980s, one while he was assigned to the​
    St. Anthony of Padua Church in Hammonton,​
    New Jersey. The church paid​
    a total of $195,000 to settle lawsuits in​
    both abuse cases.​
    In 1993, Harkins was sent to the​
    Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception​
    in Camden, New Jersey; according to a​
    report in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “the​
    parish apparently was chosen because​
    it had few families.” The church then​
    assigned Harkins to work as a prison​
    chaplain in 2000.​
    “He should not have been returned to​
    ministry,” acknowledged Camden Diocese​
    spokesman Andrew Walton. “Law enforcement​
    should have been notified. This​
    would be a serious and inexcusable failure​
    on the part of the diocesan administration​
    to fulfill its obligation to the community.”​
    While the church thought that Harkins​
    was unsuitable to minister to members​
    of the public, he was evidently suitable​
    for prisoners.​

    Considering how many Smurfchen belong in prison, this seems like it might have been an appropriate assignment. :D
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Current lawsuit ...

    Courier Post: Suit: S.J. priest molested girl: Diocese hid '80s cases, woman says

  10. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    He should not be anywhere in any occupation where he has a chance to molest, and certainly not in a position of actual or imputed authority (imputed from the fake police officer costume). The recidivism rate for child molesters is reportedly very high.

    Way to go TSA! Is this the best you can do? oh. another one-off. Well, maybe you oughta off that one.
  11. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I'm just dying for Pistole, Rugape, SATTSO, Ron, and whoever else to chime in about the TSA's great "background checks." Come on, guys, tell us. Give it your best shot.

    I'll write about this at TSA News, but I can already tell you that the sheeple still won't care, still won't get it, it still won't penetrate their thick skulls.

    Unbelievable what's going on in this country. Unbelievable.
  12. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    What is the statute of limitations on sexual abuse?

    Send these articles to your Congresspeople!!!!!
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  13. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    This is a bit too far-fetched for the Onion.
  14. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Priest booted for sex abuse finds job at TSA
    by LISA SIMEONE on MAY 25, 2012
  15. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Has made Drudge. Now we will see what TSA does.
  16. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Hire more.

    How that the word is out, the defrocked perverts will be lining up at airport curbs.
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  17. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Also determine who is running against your congresspeople this fall and send articles to those folks, asking them to take a stand against the TSA.
  18. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Dear god, the comments over at that Philly article. I can't take it anymore. This what I left:
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  19. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    On that note, is anyone aware of a good, reliable method for doing this? I've tried googling but it's awkward to formulate the query with so many political terms potentially involved. Are there any good sites that track this kind of thing for all the states/districts/etc.?
  20. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    come on people, TSA hired him because he has EXPERIENCE! :rolleyes:
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