A disgraced former North Dakota priest who sexually abused young children decades ago said that he’s not remorseful for his actions.
Following an investigation into more than 50 Catholic Clergy from the Fargo and Bismarck Dioceses, 53 priests have been named with substantiated allegations of sexual assault of a minor.
One of the 53 priests is Martin Cullen, from Fargo, who was removed from the ministry in 1992 because of the allegations, and admitted to Valley News Live that he raped two children, but said that he wasn’t sorry for his crimes. He did say, though, that he regretted the emotional pain his victims may now feel, but no more.
Fernando Sayasaya is another priest that was mentioned in the documents, and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting two children in Cass County. Another one is Abraham Anthony, who was charged for crimes against boys in 2000, but fled to India and died before he could be arrested.
According to attorneys from Bradshaw & Bryant, PLLC, and O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss, they will attempt to change state laws for these victims.
Attorney Tatum O’Brien said that they’re asking the legislature to open up a window so that these survivors can come forward all at the same time and have the ability to “tell their story and have justice”.
To add to that, the attorneys said that they want lawmakers to allow these kids to sue the Catholic Church for damages even years after the incidents occurred.
The Bismarck Catholic Dioceses and the Fargo said that they’re both cooperating with the attorney general’s office in its investigation and they advised anyone that has been assaulted by the hands of a priest, deacon, bishop, employee, or volunteer working for either Diocese, to contact either law enforcement or Diocese of Bismarck or the Diocese of Fargo.