Group: Milwaukee should have charged priest

March 31, 2010 3:39:37 PM PDT
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is renewing its claims that Milwaukee prosecutors should have charged a priest accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of deaf boys between 1950 and 1974. The man who was the prosecutor at the time says he had no choice. E. Michael McCann says the crimes were reported after the six-year statute of limitations had lapsed.

But SNAP spokesman Peter Isely disagreed Wednesday. He says one victim found a letter he says he submitted to McCann's office in 1974. It details abuse from four years earlier.

Isely says the victim also has copies of prosecutors' notes dated 1974 with McCann's handwritten initials on them.

McCann's telephone line was busy Wednesday afternoon.