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SNAP responds to priest pornography charges

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (WXOW) --  The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, also known as SNAP, is responding to the arrest of Father Patrick Umberger.

In a statement released to the media, Peter Isely, the Midwest Director for the organization says, "The arrest by Wisconsin authorities of Fr. Patrick Umberger, a well known and longtime priest of the diocese of La Crosse, demonstrates once again that it is law enforcement that will provide the ultimate solution to the problem of clergy sex crimes."

Based on the statement, the group is highly critical of the way that the Catholic church handles sex abuse scandals.

"We hope that every person who may have seen, suspected or suffered from child sex crimes will find the courage and strength to report to law enforcement officials, not church officials, says Isely. "By speaking up, we can help protect others and heal ourselves. And by giving information to police and prosecutors, we can help keep sex offenders off the streets and off the internet."

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