Group Wants Former Neffs Pastor Accused of Sexual Abuse Defrocked


Officials with SNAP, or the "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests," gathered in front of the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville on Monday afternoon.

The organization is concerned, they said, because of allegations brought against Gary Zalenski in 2007, who allegedly sexually abused a parishioner in 1991, while he served as the pastor of Scared Heart Parish in Neffs. He was removed from ministry in 2007 for the allegations, though no criminal charges were brought against him.

On Monday, SNAP organizers asked why Zalenski hasn't been defrocked. Likewise, they urged Belmont College, Zalenski's current employer, to suspend him for quote, "the safety of college students and staff."  

Belmont College did release a statement to 7 News that read: "We verify that Mr. Zalenski is an adjunct instructor at Belmont College. We have no further comment."

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