A longtime Catholic school teacher accused of molesting dozens of boys in three states for decades is living on Oahu, but his name and those of priests accused of sexual misconduct are not listed in the state’s sex offender registry.EXCLUSIVE: Teacher accused of abusing 52 boys now lives in Salt - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL
Catholic schoolteacher brother Edward Courtney is accused of sexually abusing more than 50 boys from New York to Chicago to Seattle over three decades.
"Sadly, while bad, it's not alone. There are other priests who have molested hundreds of kids," said Michael Pfau, a Seattle-based attorney who has represented hundreds of alleged victims of Catholic clergy and teachers, including 52 men in the Courtney case.
In 2013, Courtney, 81, moved to Oahu and now lives in an apartment on Likini Street in Salt Lake.
But you won't find Courtney's name or that of any priests accused of sexual molestation in Hawaii's Sexual Offender Registry, because they were never convicted of a crime.
“Because the criminal statute of limitations expired for most of these sex crimes, very very few Catholic priests, brothers and other clerics went to jail," said Pfau, who represented 52 men who sued Courtney, claiming he abused them when they were children.
Sunday, March 6, 2016
EXCLUSIVE: Teacher accused of abusing 52 boys now lives in Salt - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL
The crux of the matter, ",,,the criminal statute of limitations expired for most of these sex crimes, very very few Catholic priests, brothers and other clerics went to jail,,,." With that in mind, this is now a civil matter being handled by Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC who have compiled the attached concerning Courtney. But as the article states, "[a] mediation process for 40 Hawaii lawsuits brought against the Catholic Church and some Catholic schools by 63 plaintiffs is coming to a close. Sources said settlements in the cases are expected cost the church and schools more than $20 million."