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Ex-priest tells judge he thought Texas officials had dropped charges alleging sex crimes against children

September 7, 2010

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A former Catholic priest arrested in Lawrence last week on a Texas warrant accusing him of committing sex crimes against children said Tuesday he thought the case had been dropped and didn’t intend to run from authorities.

Man arrested Friday former Kansas priest

Federal agents arrested a Texas fugitive Friday for sex crimes with a minor. The man was a former Kansas priest. Enlarge video

The Abuse Puzzle

Open and transparent. That’s the wording of reforms within the Catholic Church promoting openness with the public about cases of sexual abuse committed by clergy. But a two-year Journal-World and 6News investigation into the Kansas Catholic Church shows that church officials continue to keep the public in the dark about some cases of abuse.

“I want you to know that I wasn’t trying to hide,” John M. Fiala told a judge. “I was open about where I was, and there wasn't any attempt on my part to hide and flee from justice, anything like that.”

Fiala is wanted by authorities in Edwards County, Texas, on four counts of sex crimes against children, according to the U.S. Marshal’s Office. Federal and local authorities arrested him Friday in the 800 block of East 11th St.

Fiala was removed from the priesthood in 2008 after the allegations in Texas surfaced.

According to news reports, Fiala had several priest assignments, including in Shawnee in 2001 followed by several months in Holton. He also worked as spiritual director from 1998 to 2001 at a religious order that had a house in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. No reports have detailed any sexual abuse allegations against Fiala while he was in Kansas or Missouri.

He faces a hearing Sept. 14 in Douglas County, where Fiala could either waive his right to fight extradition and be sent to Texas or ask for a future extradition hearing here. Judge pro tem James George set Fiala’s bond at $100,000, cash only.

Comments

johnptretbar 4 years, 8 months ago

What happened to the Journal-World policy of not identifying people charged with sex crimes until they are convicted?

teller 4 years, 8 months ago

Because his name had already been mentioned several times by other news reports as he was a wanted person.

wmathews 4 years, 8 months ago

We did violate our policy in identifying the suspect. We try to always have a discussion before publishing stories about sex crimes, and it's very rare that we would identify a suspect in a sex crime prior to conviction. While we won't "unpublish" or change the story, we will admit we screwed up.

Whitney Mathews Online Editor

snapdorris 4 years, 8 months ago

What a joke! This predator priest claims it's just a 'misunderstanding.' Gimme a break. Priests are highly educated men. It's laughable he now suggests he wasn't really running from the law. Barbara Dorris SNAP Outreach Director 314 862 7688 snapdorris@gmail.com

bearded_gnome 4 years, 8 months ago

A former Catholic priest arrested in Lawrence last week on a Texas warrant accusing him of committing sex crimes against children said Tuesday he thought the case had been dropped and didn’t intend to run from authorities.

---riiiiight.

and where he was staying in Lawrence was just across from Hobbs Park. kids play there.

imastinker 4 years, 8 months ago

It only says he was arrested there. It doesn't say where he was staying though.

I agree with your other conclusions though.

ridinthefence 4 years, 8 months ago

Tell the victims it was all a misunderstanding. And who knows just how many victims there are? "He also worked as spiritual director from 1998 to 2001 at a religious order that had a house in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. No reports have detailed any sexual abuse allegations against Fiala while he was in Kansas or Missouri." Means Nothing. These cases keep surfacing across the country..how disgusting and how sad for the victims.

Boosh 4 years, 8 months ago

What a festizio! See, I can make up words too...hat tip to Peter Griffin

Shardwurm 4 years, 8 months ago

Teachers and Preachers need to get together and talk about how they can do this whole child sex thing without getting caught. It's pretty embarrassing really. As much as we pay both of them you'd expect they would be smarter.

deec 4 years, 8 months ago

Once again, please cite your source that sexual abuse by teachers is as prevalent as sex abuse by priests.

Shardwurm 4 years, 8 months ago

Once again, please cite where I said sexual abuse by teachers is as prevalent as sex abuse by priests. But then...since it's not as prevalent it's probably ok right?

Shardwurm 4 years, 8 months ago

Actually...try these on:

“The seven-month investigation found 2,570 educators whose teaching credentials were revoked, denied, surrendered or sanctioned from 2001 through 2005 following allegations of sexual misconduct.”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21392345/

"To support her contention, Shakeshaft compared the priest abuse data with data collected in a national survey for the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation in 2000. Extrapolating data from the latter, she estimated roughly 290,000 students experienced some sort of physical sexual abuse by a school employee from a single decade—1991-2000. That compares with about five decades of cases of abusive priests.

Such figures led her to contend "the physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests." "

http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/4/5/01552.shtml

You're welcome.

John Kyle 4 years, 8 months ago

Did you take into account that towns usually have dozens if not hundreds of teachers but only a couple of priests?

In addition, how many schools actively cover up sexual abuse by teachers?

deec 4 years, 8 months ago

How many of those educators worked in religious schools? How many school districts transfer their offending teachers to another school district/state/ country? I'll see your 2570 teachers and raise you 5000 priests: In 2008, the Church asserted that the scandal was a very serious problem, but at the same time, estimated that it was "probably caused by 'no more than 1 per cent' (or about 5,000) of the around 410,000 Roman Catholic priests worldwide." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic...

Shardwurm 4 years, 8 months ago

Both of you are grabbing at straws.

The question was whether or not sexual abuse by teacher is as common as it is with priests. I've provided some sources as requested that backs up my point.

But it doesn't matter. It's prevalent enough for me to say "Teachers and Preachers" are in the same category. Sorry but it's true.

deec 4 years, 8 months ago

And, clearly it is not as prevalent. Read the Irish report. The church admits 5000 priests are pervs. Your own source only says about 2500 teachers. So right there its double. Try again.

deec 4 years, 8 months ago

The researcher quoted studied 225 sexual abuse cases in a report in 1994, and extrapolated later the higher #. cited here. The report has been criticized for lumping sexual harassment in with actual abuse. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charol_S...

SarahTX2 4 years, 8 months ago

Yeah, right, he thought those little sex crimes against children just drifted away. He might also try telling the judge that so many thousands of priests have gotten away with this that he naturally assumed that, being a priest, society had already forgiven him. In any event, I anxiously await his extradition to Texas. We're getting the molester Warren Jeffs extradited too. Maybe they can get together in prison and Yearn For Zion.

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