A former head of the Salesians in Australia said a convicted child abuser was not sent to Samoa to avoid further charges. Fr. John Murphy claims that sending Fr. Frank Klep to Samoa was “not an attempt to hide him” from police who were looking for him to charge him with new crimes.
However, Murphy does admit to lying on a declaration to the Samoans that Klep had not been convicted of any criminal charges. So he lied before, but he’s not lying now? And we should believe him why?
Murphy then says that Klep was sent to Samoa to keep him away from children. Did Murphy think there were no children in Samoa? Do they reproduce by division? What should have been done is that Klep should have been turned over to police, stripped of his ministry, and after doing his prison time, sent away to some Salesian monastery to live in seclusion, not allowed to continue to have exposure to children, who are, at the least, evidently a temptation, and at worse, potential new victims.