An American priest has been arrested after being accused of sexually abusing a number of younger boys whereas he was doing missionary work within the Philippines.
Now U.S. authorities are calling for the general public’s assist in figuring out whether or not or not he had any victims stateside.
Rev. Kenneth Hendricks is in custody of police authorities in Manila now, and is dealing with federal fees in Ohio the place he maintains a residence.
Ben Glassman, the U.S. legal professional for the Southern District of Ohio, stated that the case began when two Filipino boys reported alleged abuse to native authorities, prompting an investigation and subsequent accusations from different boys.
Glassman stated that the accusers “instructed pretty related tales.”
“Every of those victims obtained to know Father Hendricks by means of the course of his official work as a priest… he befriended them, he would invite them to his residence, usually to take a shower or bathe. That interplay would proceed to kissing… fondle their genitals… [and] finally have oral or anal intercourse with the victims,” Glassman stated.
Steve Francis, the particular agent in cost from U.S. Immigration and Customized Enforcement’s Homeland Safety Investigations, famous that 5 accusers are included within the affidavit however there are 5 others who’ve made claims towards Hendricks which can be being investigated at present.
“It is horrifying,” Glassman stated. “It’s horrible, horrible abusive conduct. It’s grooming youngsters, younger youngsters who’re taken with being concerned in church actions and taking these youngsters and sexually abusing them.”
Hendricks is at present in custody within the Philippines and it’s unclear if he has authorized illustration. Glassman stated that the main points of a potential extradition to the U.S. are being labored out together with Filipino authorities.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati harassed their distance from the priest, releasing an announcement that notes that Hendricks “is just not nor has ever been a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.”
It is horrifying. It’s horrible, horrible abusive conduct. It’s grooming youngsters, younger youngsters who’re taken with being concerned in church actions and taking these youngsters and sexually abusing them.
“To the very best of our information, he was ordained to the priesthood within the Philippines to serve in a diocese there. He has by no means had any project with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati,” the assertion reads.
Mike Schafer, the director of communications for the archdiocese, famous that Hendricks was listed on the archdiocese’s web site as a part of his missionary work.
“Like dozens of different missionaries from southwest Ohio, Father Hendricks did obtain monetary assist now and again from our missions workplace,” Schafer stated.
We need to be sure if Father Hendricks dedicated sexual abuse of youngsters right here…that we will get them the right remedy and counseling and we will maintain him accountable.
Glassman harassed that they had been detailing the allegations towards Hendricks as a way to unfold the phrase and see if there are any potential victims or witnesses within the U.S.
“We need to be sure if Father Hendricks dedicated sexual abuse of youngsters right here… that we will get them the right remedy and counseling and we will maintain him accountable,” he stated.
Hendricks’ arrest is the most recent in a string of investigations into allegedly abusive clergymen. Simply final week, police searched the workplaces of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in connection to an arrested priest in Texas. The archdiocese launched an announcement on the time saying they proceed “to cooperate, as now we have for the reason that outset, with this course of”
There are actually at the very least 16 jurisdictions throughout the nation which have launched investigations into clerical intercourse abuse following the discharge of a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing the alleged cover-up of many years of abuse by a whole lot of Catholic clergymen.
Investigations have already been launched by officers in Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and the District of Columbia — in addition to the Archdiocese of Anchorage in Alaska — with officers in a number of different states telling ABC Information their workplaces had been reviewing their choices and contemplating taking related motion.