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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 8:59 am, Sat Apr 21, 2012.

An international sexual abuse support group has followed the Michael Kelly trial since Travis Trotter brought his case forward more than four years ago.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.

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  • Ronald Brown posted at 9:44 am on Tue, May 15, 2012.

    gipper Posts: 116

    Well, I can say pretty definitively that Travis Trotter is a fraud. He seemed to take SNAP and others that believed his story to the tune of a $3.75 million ride.

    As I was right, Mr. Trotter seemed to get back and into the workforce pretty quickly. His resume is already up on LinkedIn!! I am glad that he is an active job seeker in this tough economy, but I think the money that he stole from the Diocese of Stockton gives him much more financial security than those who are looking for work.

    I was right in the fact that he is still being employed by Southwest Airlines (as in other posts). He currently says that he is on the "leave of absence". This means that he drawing a salary from a disability insurance carrier or Southwest that is between 60-75% of his salary. Moreover, this kills the argument that SNAP and others have made about his medical bills. He is currently a Southwest employee, and he can purchase insurance at employee rates versus market rates for health complications that may arise because of "his abuse". Funny, Mr. Trotter's physician never testified as to his medical condition. He is still paying fairly affordable rates for his and his family's health insurance.

    The only people that testified about Trotter's mental state was an "expert" on repressed memory and the prosecution's own psychiatrist Dr. Ko (more about her later).
    It looks like he is still looking to stay in the aviation industry as you look at his career "Airlines/Aviation". Mr. Trotter just needs to be taken off this anti-depressants by his psychiatrist or physician, and he will be fine to assume flight duty (pending a physical). Like I said, he will be up and flying in no time!!

    Mr. Trotter's LinkedIn profile also shows that he has an interest in "food and wine". Funny, HIS psychiatrist that examined him for the case (Dr. Ko) said that he IS an alcoholic that was brought on about by sexual abuse. It is funny, but I do not know many alcoholics who claimed to have an interest in "wine" when they have been found to be an alcoholic by THEIR own hand picked psychiatrist. Did Manly or Trotter deny that Trotter was an alcoholic when Dr. Ko delivered this finding?

    Continuing on, it is more amazing that Mr. Trotter has been able to take on further his studies during the whole time the trial was going on. It is amazing that he was able to continue fastidously through his studies when there was so much "anguish" and "anger" in his life that caused him to leave his job. I wonder if he picked up the idea of "repressed memory" during his study of Industrial Psychology.

    It looks like SNAP, the jury and others were played as fools by the pianist "Trotter the Great". It is sad that money that could have been used in San Joaquin County has now flowed to Marin and Orange Counties. I hope Mr. Trotter enjoys the Master's Degree (and no student debt!!) for emotional testimony based on nebulous details with more holes than a block of swiss cheese.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:30 pm on Sun, Apr 22, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405


    I, like Joey, do not attend any church. My world is not governed by religion or any of its wisdom.

    My participation is this event was strictly a "justice" concern. I do not know you or Mike Kelly but I know fairness and justice when it takes place. You engage in practices where only the ends justifying the means. When a SNAP representative states that it is ok for innocent priests to be sacrificed in order to achieve the end results desired, justice is perverted.
    I see you and SNAP as an organization that all people including children need to be protected from. Children should be protected by advocates filled with love, not hate and bitterness. That is why SNAP, a hateful organization, needs to be stopped now.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:16 pm on Sun, Apr 22, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Joey from the bay area insincerely posted... I do not have a vendetta against the Catholic Church, and I am sorry for the people who genuinely had faith in their Pastor, and their church...

    I say insincere because you can find many writings from Joey like the one below online...

    March 30, 2012
    http://blogs.alternet.org/witchjoey/tag/joey-piscitelli/

    And as the Pope rides down the streets in his bulletproof car, undaunted by the behavior of his legal team of sociopaths, he waves to the crowds as though he actually believes he represents God. Delusion has taken on a whole new dimension.
    There is no passage in the christian bible that says: “The catholic church shall rape thousands of children, and the law shall allow the debauchery, and the church shall escape justice, and spread the word of Christ.”
    “And so it is written, that the Catholic Church shall then gloat”.
    As responsible human beings on this planet, we owe it to protect our vulnerable children, and to stand in solidarity to those whose lives have been destroyed in the past by these so called “men of the cloth”; those hypocrites who collect priceless art, gold, and mountains of cash, in the name of the Lord. The golden cash cow they worship has now expanded in a herd of golden lawyers.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:54 pm on Sun, Apr 22, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Darrell, thanks for promoting my book, but this comment string should be about Fr. Kelly, and the protection of kids

    Joey.... you are welcome, but to the contrary...promoting your book, as it is a good money maker, is exactly what Mike Kelly was and is all about.... and protecting the kids.... that was just the side show the bay area intellectuals like yourself used as an excuse. Please Joey, as was your intent and joy, Fr. Kelly does not exist, please refer to him Mike Kelly. Father Kelly's life already ended. You can celebrate now and do your special dance...

    I also want to thank you for bringing to light your world and religion you practice. I sincerely did not believe in real witches... you proved me wrong and for that I am grateful. How can one fight an enemy that one does not know exists? Now I will be paying special attention and be aware of people like you and seek answers to contain the damage, harm and destruction that they intend.
    I do agree, that children should be protected... but from people like you? Not a chance.

     
  • Joey Piscitelli posted at 12:23 pm on Sun, Apr 22, 2012.

    Joey piscitelli Posts: 23

    Darrell, thanks for promoting my book, but this comment string should be about Fr. Kelly, and the protection of kids.
    In the words of Pope Benedict himself, "there is filth" that needs to be eradicated from the Catholic church, and I agree with the Pope.
    As far as advocating, I have been all over the State of California, I do not confine myself to the Bay Area. Child abuse exists everywhere, not just at one church, or just by one predator. It exists in public schools, workplace, homes, etc.
    If I can help just one innocent victim, anywhere, I feel that I have accomplished something worthwhile. I don't think it matters if one is Catholic, Pagan, Buddist, Jewish, or Atheist-we are all human beings on this planet, and the most vulnerable of us are our children.
    I am a member of several child abuse advocate organizations, like PROTECT, casa, and private organizations that support women that are raped, and others.
    I do not have a vendetta against the Catholic Church, and I am sorry for the people who genuinely had faith in their Pastor, and their church, but a predator- no matter what faith he professes to represent, should not be allowed to promote or continue a code of silence, or unnacountabilty; because that does not stop the cycle of abuse.
    Attacking advocates,and child abuse victims, solves nothing for vulnerable children in the future, it sends a message of resentment- and also of hurt and pain.
    I am sure that many of fr. Kellys fans or friends are deeply hurt, and they may feel betrayed; and sometimes that hurt converts to anger. It's unfortunate.
    I hope you all find peace and eventually heal from this incident in the future.

    Joey Piscitelli

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:16 am on Sun, Apr 22, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Tim Lennon and Joey Piscitelli "claim" many things about the church. Maybe it is time to be supportive and understanding of the Bay area residents who have decided the general public in the San Joaquin county needs their help in how to interpret reality.

    Even people with "special needs" and powers of the mystical world deserves compassion. Based on the unique mentality and perspective of reality these bay area gentleman have, it should be no wonder they make such unique statements condemning the fabric of the church.

    In fact, Mr Piscitelli is very well known and respected in his world. He even has written a book called “A Witch Wins Justice” ...It is a steal for for $25.00... of course, the verdict in this case came just in time for his book signing later this month. I'm sure he will share his wisdom and experiences in a way the Bay area would appreciate.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:57 pm on Sat, Apr 21, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    If course no amount of money can help the "REAL" victims. But so far, Mike Kelly is the only victim I see.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:55 pm on Sat, Apr 21, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    and no one is happy " except bay area people like Tim and Joey, when an innocent man suffers... they got their money and stepping stone to more of it... happy days for Tim, Joey and Mr Trotter...

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:53 pm on Sat, Apr 21, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Im sure he is to you. Im sure it will help you sell more of your books at your upcoming booksigning at the end of April... nothing like money to appreciate the hero.

     
  • Dave Pierre posted at 11:18 am on Sat, Apr 21, 2012.

    DPierre Posts: 18

    Read the truth about the dishonest, mean-spirited anti-Catholic group SNAP:
    http://www.themediareport.com/hot-topics/snap-survivors-network-of-those-abused-by-priests/

    ----

    Read the truth about the JUNK SCIENCE of "repressed memory":
    http://www.themediareport.com/hot-topics/repressed-memory-debunked/

    ----

     
  • Tim Lennon posted at 11:12 am on Sat, Apr 21, 2012.

    Tim Lennon Posts: 45

    Why Does the Church Pay?

    Why does the church pay to settle cases of sexual abuse of children by clergy? And why do they pay so much? These questions can be answered by asking another question: what does Bishop Blaire accomplish by stopping the civil trial? Stopping the trial halts the testimony of church officials who would no longer be able to hide behind their high positions to avoid testifying. It is no accident that Cardinal Mahony was next up to testify, they wanted to avoid that at all costs. Church officials would have been be forced to testify under oath. Stopping the trial allows these church officials to keep hidden their decades long practice of endangering the children of the area.

    High church officials, Bishop Blaire and Cardinal Mahony before him, would rather pay a large sum rather than have the truth of their disregard for the welfare of children become public. They would rather pay than have their high power, privileges and prestige tarnished. They would rather pay than have the Stockton, Modesto, Lockeford, etc. communities understand the breadth of clergy abuse in their communities. They would rather pay that have the community know of the extent of their protection of child abusers. These church officials would rather pay than apologize to a person cruelly abused by Kelly when they knew Kelly was a threat to children.

    They pay huge sums to keep secrets hidden.

     
  • Joey Piscitelli posted at 10:46 am on Sat, Apr 21, 2012.

    Joey piscitelli Posts: 23

    He is indeed a hero. I concur.

     
  • Joey Piscitelli posted at 10:38 am on Sat, Apr 21, 2012.

    Joey piscitelli Posts: 23

    I applaud Travis for his courage and pursuit of justice, irrespective of the abrasive remarks made by those in denial. The cruelty of those protecting and supporting the pedophile in this case is obvious, and unfortunate, but the bottom line is that justice was served, and no amount of denial or cruelty can trump that fact.
    Let the supporters of the sex abuser Fr. Kelly say as they will, but the diocese, and those responsible have agreed to conceed to a settlement, after they realized that truth has triumphed. And the cowardly actions of the self indulgent perpetrator have been cast in stone by his own actions of fleeing; prompting the bishop to face reality.
    I sincerely hope that other victims of clergy abuse also have the courage to come forward, as justice is the tool to utilize to bring an end to the cycle of abuse and coverup in the church.
    If anyone needs support because they have been victimized in the diocese, feel free to contact me, or SNAP, and most of all, contact the police authorities.

    Joey Piscitelli 925-262-3699

     
  • Tim Lennon posted at 9:38 am on Sat, Apr 21, 2012.

    Tim Lennon Posts: 45

    No one is happy when a child is abused. There is no joy in knowing that Kelly's abuse of children was dismissed and ignored by Stockton Diocese.
    There is comfort in knowing that Kelly will no longer be able to abuse children. There is comfort in knowing that the survivor, Travis Trotter, had received the support of the community, through the twelve jurors.
    There is comfort in knowing that other survivors will have more confidence in stepping forward.

     
  • Tim Lennon posted at 9:34 am on Sat, Apr 21, 2012.

    Tim Lennon Posts: 45

    No amount of money can mend the cruel injury inflicted on a child such as Kelly's brutal rape and molestation of a ten year old child.
    The harm done to a child is a life long crippling injury. Childhood is robbed of its wonder and exploration. Social relations are deformed. Depression and nightmares are constant companions. Anxiety diminishes your life each day. Fear paralyzes every action. Sadness colors every bright experience. Anger explodes with little cause harming all are within the blast--including yourself. Some victims are so overwhelmed that they sink into severe depression never to emerge to life only to try to cover their pain with drugs and alcohol. Others never see a way out and commit suicide.
    As a child you don't have the resources to understand what happened. At the moment you are frozen, paralyzed. Humiliation, guilt and shame cover as a cloak to hid ourselves from view.
    Every child is precious--don't let another child be destroyed by abuse and callous indifference.

     
  • Robert Chapman posted at 9:17 am on Sat, Apr 21, 2012.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    And the nominees for the best fraud against a Catholic Priest are:
    Best Actor: Travis Trotter
    Best Supporting Actor: John Manly
    Best Supporting Cast: SNAP
    No Gold Oscar, just $3.75 million
    And the best lline is "No amount of money can make up for the sexual abuse"
    If it wasn't all about the money, I suggest Mr. Trotter and Mr. Manly donate all of financial gains to a charity of their choice. I won't hold my breath until that happens.
    Why did he choose to have his large military picture on the wall beside the podium?
    To portray himself as some kind of an American hero?

     
  • Ben Sanacore posted at 7:31 am on Sat, Apr 21, 2012.

    Ben Sanacore Posts: 104

    A warning for the future: wolves may be fed, but they're never satisfied, and they will return for more. As Mr. Pisticelli said, the precedent has been set with the completely unproven theory of repressed memory in this case. Unsubstantiated accusations against others are on the way; they're probably planning them at this very moment.

     
  • Ben Sanacore posted at 7:26 am on Sat, Apr 21, 2012.

    Ben Sanacore Posts: 104

    Mr. Lennon and Mr. Pisticelli, I wouldn't be at all surprised if SNAP is investigated some day. The day is coming when the injustice of this day will be cast in the dust bin of history. You may gloat all you want and you may hope to continue the persecution. What's really eating you up is that a majority of people polled by the LNS don't agree Fr. Michael Kelly was ever liable of anything and don't believe he ever committed a crime. You may trumpet triumph, but the only victory here is victory over logic and reason, because everyone knows this was about money and sticking it to the Catholic Church, not justice and truth. Above all else Mr. Lennon and Mr. Pisticelli, rememember this: what goes around comes around.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 6:38 am on Sat, Apr 21, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2013

    I'm sure SNAP is very happy. Let's remember that one of their representatives came on these boards not to long ago and said that innocent priests should be sent to jail so that victims of OTHER PEOPLE would be more willing to come forward.

    As i have said all a long, I want justice done. Whether it is a predator priest or a therapists who creates a false memory in someone. I still believe that repressed memories are as reliable as lie detector tests, in that they all depend on how questions are asked and interpreted. there have been many cases around the country where a therapist has "led" someone down a false memory road. For recovered memories to be used in court, I still maintain that the original session MUST be recorded so any influence can be detected. But this will never happen as long as some organizations make SNAP judgements that innocent priests should be punished so victims of OTHER PEOPLE can feel more comfortable coming forward.

     
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