Child Molesting Priest Seeks To Hire A PR Agency

Rev Joseph D. Maurizio Jr

Rev. Joseph D. Maurizio Jr. Seeks Positive Publicity Before February Sentencing

Everything-PR has exclusively learned that Father Joseph D. Maurizio, a priest in Federal Prison for child sexual abuse charges has contacted a number of public relations firms seeking an agency willing to work the media to assist him in getting out of jail, or receiving a lenient sentence.

The Pennsylvania-based 70 year old was found guilty of “having sex with three boys at a Honduran orphanage that he supported through his nonprofit foundation, transferring money outside the United States to fund his illicit activities and having pornographic photos of children.”

Earlier this month, The Associated Press reported that a Federal judge tossed out one of the five convictions against the Priest – yet denied his request for a new trial. The timing of contacting Public Relations firms indicates that he seeks a PR agency previously to being sentenced on February 2, 2016.

Steven Passarello attorney

A note which was sent out to agencies – on the letterhead of attorney Steven Passarello – claims that “Father  Maurizio  considers himself an American Political Prisoner  and  firmly asserts  that  his Civil Rights as an American Citizen have been  violated by multiple  international Government  agencies.”

What one would call a child molester is being called a “political prisoner” by some.

Before we discuss the claims in Maurizio’s letter, we cite The New York Times:

“Details of child sexual abuse that led to charges against a Roman Catholic priest on Thursday were reported to his Pennsylvania diocese nearly five years ago, court records show, but the church authorities did not remove him as a pastor.”

“The priest, the Rev. Joseph D. Maurizio Jr., was charged in federal court in Johnstown, Pa., with possessing child pornography and engaging in illicit sexual conduct on trips he made to a boys’ orphanage in Central America.”

Joseph D. Maurizio Jr

“Father Maurizio, 69, made annual visits to Honduras, Nicaragua and other Central American countries to help homeless children, according to newsletters of a charity he ran. Investigators said he also had another purpose: sexual tourism. Young men and boys interviewed in El Progreso, Honduras, by an agent of the Department of Homeland Security this year told of a decade-long pattern of abuse by Father Maurizio, according to the criminal complaint. One male witness said the priest tried to photograph him naked in a bath and later offered him money to masturbate. Another witness said the priest pulled down his pants in a chapel when he was 14, and the two had sex after which the priest gave him chocolates. A third witness described seeing Father Maurizio grope an underage boy in a pickup truck.”

The note from his attorney claims that Father Joseph Maurizio, “withdrew as a large donor to ProNifio Honduras”, and “the FBI began an investigation in 2009 against him. The case was closed and no charges were filed.”

Maurizio implies there was a witch-hunt against him, blaming a website, and a “rival.”

We will not cite the lengthy details described in the nearly 5 page letter, but the note ends that  “…a jury convicted Father  Joseph  Maurizio, Jr.  on 5 of the 8 counts he was charged with; however, one count (Count 4 (Ludin)) would later be overturned by the Federal Judge, leaving Father Joe “guilty” of four (4) of the eight (8) counts brought to trial. Even with the win on the Judgment of Acquittal as to Count 4, the Defense’s Motion for  New Trial has been denied and a subsequent  appeal  must follow. There are many other  issues in this matter,  but one would have to review the transcripts of the 10 day trial, as there are simply too many to list same.”

The note further claims that “Father Maurizio seeks help in getting his story out to the public.” Will any Public Relations company work for a convicted child molester?  He certainly hopes to use the media to influence the court system.

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Comments

  1. Helen Schoeppner says

    Sexual predator has one thing in mind and that is raping a child he will do most anything that will enable him to get the job done.
    He grooms the parents and then he starts on the child , he seek out shy children seeks out parents who have money sometimes. Seeks out parents that are not home working .
    Seeks out people who want to be recognize in the church . Seeks out Catholics who go by the rules of the Catholic Church and think that by following the teachings of the Catholic Church they are going straight to Heaven. Peoples who can’t think for themselves expect the priests to tell them everything whether it is true or not. People who trust the priest with there children.
    People who think that a priest is almost God.
    Jesus put your trust in no man only in me.

  2. Frank J LaFerriere says

    As one who was raped by three Roman Catholic priests at St Thomas More in Durham NH….I hope NO PR firm is seriously entertaining the notion of working for this convicted pedophile. ANY PR firm does? I will be all over them big freaking time, that you can believe. I will expose that PR firm everywhere I can to show that they are standing up for a convicted child rapist. That you can freaking believe.

  3. Judy Jones says

    Where is he getting the money to hire a PR firm?
    Something to keep in mind-
    Child predators are very cunning and manipulative. They know every trick on how to groom, threaten, lie, and put the fear of god into their victims and sometimes even their family members. They also appear to do a lot of goods things, they can be very charismatic and you may think they would never harm anyone. They have to be this way, in order to not get caught and to continue to abuse. They devote lots of time and energy building trust with their victims by giving them money and gifts. They tend to make their prey feel that they are special and loved.

    Sexual predators are often powerful and well-loved, we must overcome the dangerous myth that because someone is successful or warm or caring, he or she couldn’t have done that! It would be comforting if those who preyed on the vulnerable were obvious social misfits whose appearance would somehow set off alarm bells and give us the willies or the creeps. They rarely do. Usually, predators are among the last people we would suspect of sexually violating others. At a party, the predator isn’t some oddball sitting alone in a corner because others feel uncomfortable with him. Most often, the predator is the guy throwing the party.

    And we must stop thinking that because a person is old, that somehow he/she is automatically safe. It’s just irresponsible to endanger kids by assuming an adult is harmless simply because he or she may be losing hair, wearing glasses, using hearing aids or walking with a cane. These can be signs of advancing age, but they are not signs that an individual is safe..

    It’s extremely rare that a sexual predator has only one victim. Some have many. Child predators can never be allowed near children. So let’s hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Father Joseph D. Maurizio, will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement, no matter how long ago it happened.

    Silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
    Judy Jones, 636-433-2511, SNAPJudy@gmail.com
    (SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.)

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