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Memphis press conference coverage 12-16-05

Priest Sex Abuse
Posted: 12/16/2005 7:58:52 PM

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The Memphis Catholic Diocese is under fire after more allegations of sexual abuse by priests.

Now, a national organization wants the church to begin investigating accusations against at least four local priests.

40-year-old Eugene Baltz says a local priest abused him when he was just 16. Baltz says he was raped and sodomized. He came forward in 2004 with his accusations and says the priest was reassigned. Baltz says the priest should have been removed from the pulpit altogether.

Baltz spoke publicly for the first time at a news conference on Friday. The news conference was put on by the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, or SNAP. Members say they’re working to get justice for those who say they’ve lost their faith in the church.

Baltz did go to the police with his claims back in 2004 around the same time he took his claims to the dioceses. He says police informed him the statute of limitations for his claims had run out.