I normally do not post over the weekend, but this comment (edited) was posted on the blog a short time ago. I have decided to post it, since I have followed the case of Dan Stallings (former Deacon of St. John the Evangelist Church in Silver Spring).
He lied to his family, his deceased wife, his faith, his parish...and has not asked for forgiveness from any one. The judge is currently thinking that he should serve no jail time since he is 73. I believe a man capable of sexually abusing his step daughter, niece, and making advances to a young woman in the parish 10 years ago is more than capable of committing this acts in the future! We need to protect all children from these predators, Catholic or not. I can tell you right now if he is not sent to jail it will be a crime. How many men are not sentenced to jail because of their age and allowed out in the community to potentially damage more young lives? This is a crime in our society!
He will be sentenced on May 15th.
I have heard from two other St. John's parishioners about this and they have encouraged me to let others know.
Therefore, if you can do so, please write (and no derogatory comments).
The judge in the case is:
Honorable Honorable S. Michael Pincus:
Circuit Court of Montgomery County
50 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, Maryland 20850
The States Attorney is Donna Fenton: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I have asked before, please pray for the victims in the case. They have been hurt more than we can image.
Please pray for the parishioners of St. John the Evangelist. Please pray for all of the priests and religious associated with the parish. They have been devastated by this betrayal.