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Man gets 13 years in prison for 13 years of raping minor



Published: Thu, June 21, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

Priest made no report to police after learning of abuse

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A 55-year-old South Carolina man will spend 13 years in prison for raping his underage stepdaughter while living in Mahoning County.

The victim, who is now 34 years old, told authorities she reported the ongoing sexual assaults to a local priest when she was 15, but the priest failed to report the abuse to police.

She said she recently came to authorities with the rape allegations to save other children from harm.

Michael Parent, 55, of Myrtle Beach, appeared Wednesday before Judge Lou A. D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court and pleaded guilty to 13 counts of raping his stepdaughter between 1984 and 1996. The rapes began when the girl was 5 and did not end until she was almost 18.

The charges could have landed Parent in prison for more than 130 years, but Natasha Frenchko, an assistant county prosecutor, and Atty. Al Palombaro, representing Parent, reached an agreed-upon sentencing recommendation of 13 years on the charges. Parent will also have to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life once released from prison.

Frenchko said Parent sexually abused and manipulated the young girl for years before she went to the Rev. Michael Seifert for help. Father Seifert, who has since been transferred out of the Youngstown area, did not report the matter to police.

“She was 15 and went to him for help, and he did not report this to anyone, so for an additional two years she was abused,” Frenchko said. “She suffered the abuse silently because the only person she told did not do anything to help her.”

Frenchko said the state was planning to call Father Seifert as a witness in the case had the matter gone to trial.

Father Seifert was out of the office Wednesday and was unavailable for comment.

The Rev. John Jerek, the vicar for clergy and religious services for the Diocese of Youngstown, said he is not familiar with the case in which Father Seifert is mentioned, but he did say any priest in a counseling situation would be obligated to report such a revelation to authorities.

Father Jerek said different rules apply in a confession, but a confession would not be the appropriate setting for such a revelation.

The victim made a tearful statement to the court, saying she has come forward because she wants to protect other children from Parent.

“He knows what acts he did to me and the manipulation involved. ... He should not be around children. I am currently going to counseling for this, and other children need to be protected. That is what makes me feel better about going forward with this,” she said.

Parent said little during the hearing, but did apologize.

“I am sorry, and I just can’t say that enough,” he said.

Parent will serve the 13-year prison sentence in Ohio, but prosecutors here said he may be under investigation for similar activities in another state.


Comments

1JimiJam(3 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

This is a tragic story, and to say the sentence is disgustingly, pathetically short is an offensive understatement. So much can be said about the sickening nature of the case, and likely will be said in no short amount of time. But as someone who used to know and look up to Fr. Siefert, I just can't find words to adequately describe how much his gross negligence sickens me in addition to the case itself. Shame is too good for either of these so-called men.

I hope this woman gets the support and guidance needed to help see her through to a place of proper healing after so much betrayal and trauma. It's a long arduous road to walk, but there are better days at the end of it.

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2misterlee(118 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Wow, a catholic priest who let someone molest a child. Who could have ever imagined that?

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3AtownAugie(701 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

When will there be "complicity to rape" charges filed against Seifert?

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4DwightK(1266 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I don't understand how any adult could hear a child say this and not act. What kind of person does that? Whether you are Fr. Seifert, Joe Paterno or just some shmoe, pick up the phone, call the police and let them investigate.

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5pacer(68 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

There should be a new sentence for rape. It should be RAPE=FIRING SQUAD. It should be done immediatel y if the guilty person admits to it.

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6MOLOCH(21 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

She waited 10 yrs to say anything? He must have had her mind so twisted. Stepdad so where was mom? no matter ...they should castrate rapist. Anything they touched victim with should be cut off. Then toss them in jail in population and let the other prisoners show them how it feels to be raped.

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7JudyJones(148 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

quoted: “She was 15 and went to him for help, and he did not report this to anyone, so for an additional two years she was abused,” Frenchko said. “She suffered the abuse silently because the only person she told did not do anything to help her.”

This victim is extremely brave to speaking up and getting this child predator in jail and away from kids. It is so sad that the one person she went to for help...did not help her.....

If anyone has knowledge about this, please contact the police.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511
snapjudy@gmail.com
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.
SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org).

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8AnnetteNestler(1 comment)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

This is the very sad result of the patriarcal powers, on our planet, that be. I've heard it said that 70-80% of the sexual abuse cases of minors involve incest. I live in Cumberland County, NJ. It is the poorest county in NJ. I've spoken with a number of mental health professionals and have been told the vast majority of the consumers they service are vitcims/survivors of incest. Remember the statistic 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually molested before their eighteenth birthday. This has a HUGE impact of how we as a society function. That is way to many damaged adults walking around. Elimination of the Statute of Limitations for Childhood Sexual Assault Victims will give voice to these survivors, should they so choose. Another GREAT reason to get this legislation declared into LAW, as soon as possible.

Annette Nestler-SNAP Southern New Jersey
609-247-2966

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9starbright120582(4 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I hope everyone that reads this can understand the pain that the family has endured. I want to thank the victim, and Rev. Michael Seifert for coming fourth. First off, I want to say Shame on the reporter of this article. The victim did not seek counseling from Rev. Michael Seifert. The victim went to confession and confided in him about the traumatic events that she has and was going through! Catholic priest can not go outside the confessional box, instead they live with that on their heart for life!!! He lived with that terrible secret, and after decades of keeping that in and all the proper paper work was file he came fourth. He remembered ever graphic detail, and was more than willing to testify if this went to trial!!!! If it was not for this man, alot of those charges may not have stuck. Yeah he would have got slapped with afew but he would not have got what he deserved!!!! I am so very grateful for the victim and Rev. Michael Seifert!!!! Thankyou all so much. I am the parent to the charges that are pending in South Carolina. My child could have suffered so much if it was not for these people. I thank God every night that this came fourth before anything of this nature could have happened to my child.

One more thing...to the news reporter. Michael Parent was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He just resided in South Carolina.

God Bless you all

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10starbright120582(4 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I hope everyone that reads this can understand the pain that the family has endured. I want to thank the victim, and Rev. Michael Seifert for coming fourth. First off, I want to say Shame on the reporter of this article. The victim did not seek counseling from Rev. Michael Seifert. The victim went to confession and confided in him about the traumatic events that she has and was going through! Catholic priest can not go outside the confessional box, instead they live with that on their heart for life!!! He lived with that terrible secret, and after decades of keeping that in and all the proper paper work was file he came fourth. He remembered ever graphic detail, and was more than willing to testify if this went to trial!!!! If it was not for this man, alot of those charges may not have stuck. Yeah he would have got slapped with afew but he would not have got what he deserved!!!! I am so very grateful for the victim and Rev. Michael Seifert!!!! Thankyou all so much. I am the parent to the charges that are pending in South Carolina. My child could have suffered so much if it was not for these people. I thank God every night that this came fourth before anything of this nature could have happened to my child.

One more thing...to the news reporter. Michael Parent was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He just resided in South Carolina.

God Bless you all

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