Law enforcement and political corruption (Mobile, AL) in the 2003 cover up of a notorious child molester, Fr. Norman Rogge.

[November 11, 2011]

To: Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (The Agent of Record)

Subject: Cover up of Catholic priest sex crimes by Mobile District Attorney John Tyson, Asst. DA Steve Giranidi (2003) Civil rights violations by the Mobile Police Department, then Police Chief Sam Cochran, City of Mobile, Mobile County Sheriff Department, now Sheriff Sam Cochran.

I also have some information on former Mobile County Commissioner Steve Nodine that [State] Special Prosecutor David Whetstone might be interested in hearing about a one-time encounter that revealed his “insane” character in a downtown restaurant in Mobile (2008?).

Ted Burnett
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Followed by is an email to Senator Jeff Sessions complaining about the political and law enforcement corruption and crisis in Mobile, AL involving me and my civil rights related to having a mental illness (bipolar disorder), as well as, a “possible” sex crimes complaint against Father Norman Rogge while St. Ignatius Parish (1980-01) where I was a student and parishioner. I came into contact with him, my parents had him over to our house for dinner and to view a crazy Catholic slide presentation on Jesus.

(2003) In a meeting with District Attorney John Tyson and Ass. DA Steve Giranidi, I described the details of the “event” inside the school’s rectory. My memory could still be suppressed at this point. Following our meeting, I returned to my office where I Googled “Norman Rogge” and found a full-length expose, to my surprise, in the Dallas Morning News (DMN), from 2002, which reported on his forty? year march across the South as a notorious child molester who left victims behind in FL, AL, LA and TX.

The Church kept moving him from parish to parish when there was “a little problem”. To help the prosecutors, I faxed over this DMN piece to the DA’s office and I am still waiting on them “to get back with me.” I think I was one of many victims who came forward and our cases were suppress by the State of Alabama (DA’s office) for the sake of the Archdiocese of Mobile, St. Ignatius, The Roman Catholic Church, the City of Mobile and Old Mobile, all their Mardi Gras friends. It’s a (segregated) society thing. Only the case of Brother Vic Benitino? at McGill-Toolen High School involving a male student was prosecuted for all of the church’s sins. He had to die on the cross, just like Jesus. He probably has a few things to say about the church and his prosecution.

St. Ignatius is the diocese flagship elementary school located in Spring Hill on Springhill Ave. My mother and younger brother went there so did singer, songwriter, musician, businessman Jimmy Buffett. He probably has something to say about his time at St. Ignatius and McGill Institute. He’s not fond of Mobile and does no business here. As I say there are “no famous people living in Mobile” considering that 5 MLB Hall of Famers — Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Satchel Page, Ozzie Smith, were born and raised here. Mobile killed baseball and its hertiage. Now, with nothing to do the kids commit black on black crime and black on white crime. After watching the nightly news, you better lock your doors before you go to bed.”

Old Mobile has a lot to lose with my story coming out, it will likely bring on another round of scandals.

(In 2010, Steve Girandi was arrested and prosecuted for soliciting sex over the internet with a minor (an undercover FBI agent. He’s now in prison.).

Truth is ALWAYS stranger than fiction. By the way, my IQ is in the 140’s (2002).

I’m not very popular in Mobile these days when I confronted the Mobile Police Chief Tyrone Williams in Spanish Plaza, on Tuesday – 11/8/11, where a small group of unhappy Americans assembled, camped out as “Occupy Mobile!, on Government St., while they were being forced out by the Police Brass.” Read my blog for my two follow-up emails to Chief Williams which was also blasted to the Mayor Sam Jones, to the entire city council and some one hundred others both Cc: and Bcc: for my protection across the country.

It’s a mess, just like gumbo. I’m putting my story in your hands, “handle with care”.

Ted Burnett

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Friday, November 11, 2011

To: Senator Jeff Sessions

During the nation’s recent Catholic priest scandal and the incident with Brother Vic Bendicto? and a male student at McGill came to light, in 2003, I came forward at the same time with allegations against Fr. Norman Rogge. I provided details of my story, in a meeting with, D.A. John Tyson and Asst. D.A. Steven Giardini, who is now serving time in prison for soliciting sex from a child (in sting/undercover FBI agent.

Following our meeting and trying to be helpful to these prosecutors (on the same day), I Googled the priest’s name, at my office, where I found this story out of Dallas Morning News about Rogge, who turned out to be a notorious Catholic priest who molested children in FL, LA, TX for over 40 years and was never prosecuted because the Catholic church kept moving him from parish to parish. In 1981-’82?, Fr. Norman Rogge was residing at St. Ignatius where I was a student and came into contact with him. My parents even had this “charming man” over to our house one night for dinner. “We all loved him.” In hindsight, “He was very good at seducing the sensitive ones.” That’s what I told Tyson and Giardini. There’s more to this story. After sending the faxed story, I never heard from the D.A., again. I believe they sat on my story and many others who came forward with their tale. Only Bro. Vic. took the fall living in Montgomery.

This is highly sensitive and potentially very explosive charges that could rock Mobile. I want this investigated and I want my day in court.

Priest kept working after abuse cases

Dallas Morning News


In the annals of clergy sexual abuse, the Rev. Norman Rogge is a
familiar character. He has been accused of groping a young teen at a
movie, of fondling others during swimming lessons, of exposing himself
to an 11-year-old boy on a weekend trip and soliciting oral sex.

What makes the 77-year-old former Dallas priest unusual is that he has
been criminally prosecuted twice for child molestation. He pleaded
guilty the first time and no contest the second.

And – as some Catholic leaders are calling for a “one-strike” abuse
policy and priests are being removed from ministry almost daily –
Father Rogge remains in good standing, working at a Jesuit retirement
home in New Orleans.

All the charges against him were “incorrect,” he said Friday,
declining to elaborate.

Dallas lawyer Sylvia Demarest, who has represented victims of priests
and has cataloged an estimated 1,000 clergymen who’ve been publicly
accused of sexual abuse, said she knows of a few who’ve kept working
after one criminal case. Father Rogge may well be alone in surviving
two, she said.

“I’ve never heard anything like that before,” said the Rev. Thomas
Doyle, who once served in the Vatican Embassy in Washington and has
helped hundreds of priests’ victims press claims against the church.
“That’s the ultimate. To lay yourselves open to that kind of liability
is incredible.”

Dallas Coadjutor Bishop Joseph Galante, spokesman for the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committee on sexual abuse, sighed
Friday when told about the situation. He said that when the bishops
gather here next month for a historic session on this subject, he’ll
advocate a national policy banning public ministry by any priest
credibly accused of abuse.

“I believe very strongly in one strike and you’re out,” Bishop Galante
said. “The focus has to be on the victims.”

Ms. Demarest, part of the legal team that won a record judgment in
1997 against the Dallas diocese for covering up abuse by the Rev. Rudy
Kos, says Father Rogge is “an example of why the system will not

If the priest is unique in terms of his criminal record, he is hardly
the only one still being allowed to function after allegations of
abuse. One example with local ties is Brother Claude Ory, who was
fired from Jesuit College Preparatory School in 1994 after repeated
accusations of sexual misconduct and is now minister of a residence
hall at a Baltimore college…

…The Dallas Diocese never supervised Brother Ory or Father Rogge, who
report to superiors in the Jesuit order. They are among at least five
priests or brothers accused of sexual abuse who have worked for Jesuit
Prep; at least nine more diocesan priests have been accused over the
last half-century, out of hundreds who’ve served

Until a reporter started asking questions earlier this spring, Father
Rogge worked at a church in southern Louisiana and at St. Charles
College, a spirituality center for novices in the Jesuit order.
Officials of the Lafayette Diocese forced him out, saying that the
Jesuits had not disclosed his record or even his presence in the area.

The Rev. Tom Stahel, a regional spokesman for the religious order,
would not respond to this statement or most questions The Dallas
Morning News asked about Father Rogge. He did say that the Jesuits had
received no allegations of sexual misconduct against the priest since
he started work at the rural church in the late 1980s.

Robert Swart, who says Father Rogge molested him in the early 1960s,
criticized both the Jesuits and the Lafayette diocese. He recently
e-mailed Lafayette Bishop Edward O’Donnell to ask why the priest had
been allowed to have a church there and got this response: “As a
matter of fact, he has never had one.”

But Father Stahel confirmed that Father Rogge had long served
part-time at Christ the King Church near Opelousas. He said the
initial plan had been for him to do household work full-time at nearby
St. Charles College, but then the realities of the priest shortage hit
– “the need to serve the people,” as Father Stahel put it in a
one-paragraph statement.

“Every time they lie and throw this crap around again, it feels like
abuse all over again,” Mr. Swart said in an interview. He signed his
missive to Bishop O’Donnell “a recovering Catholic.”

Father Rogge said he worked at Jesuit Prep in Dallas for two years
around 1959 and did not get in trouble before leaving. His short stint
here was one of the first in a 46-year career as a priest that has
taken him across the United States – from Kansas, Connecticut and
Texas to Florida, Alabama, California and finally Louisiana.

Father Stahel would not say why Father Rogge left the elite boys
school, whose yearbooks describe him as secretary-treasurer.

By the early 1960s, Father Rogge was assistant pastor of Sacred Heart
parish in Tampa, Fla., chaplain at a Catholic high school and
counselor at the local juvenile-detention home. Mr. Swart, who has
received therapy funded by a Jesuit religious and literary education
society, says the priest fondled him repeatedly in 1963 under the
guise of having his genitals checked for signs of “damage.” No
complaint was made to police.

In 1967, Father Rogge pleaded guilty to contributing to the
delinquency of a minor for groping a 14-year-old from the juvenile
home at a Tarzan movie. Other residents of the home told investigators
of inappropriate touching during nude swimming lessons near a lake
cottage that the priest had.

No further charges were filed, however, and Father Rogge was sentenced
to three years of probation and ordered to get psychiatric treatment.
A Tampa police report says Father Rogge admitted to the one charge,
blaming a “momentary compulsive action.” He also admitted soliciting
oral sex from a boy, according to the report.

…Father Rogge stayed at the Tampa church until about 1980, when he was
reassigned to Mobile, Ala. In 1982, according to The Official Catholic
Directory, he was at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif.
By the mid-1980s, he was at a church in the northwestern Louisiana
town of Montgomery.

In the summer of 1984, Father Rogge returned to Tampa for a visit and
drove to a country cabin with two adult friends. A Citrus County
sheriff’s report says the three men, all associated with an
organization formed to search for missing children, took along the
11-year-old son of one of the group’s founders.

The three men spent the next two days nude, masturbated in front of
the boy and gave him beer, the report said. Father Rogge ultimately
pleaded no contest in 1985 to a single lewdness charge.

He said Friday that he did not know then what his plea meant, but a
1985 Tampa Tribune story says a judge asked him “a variety of
questions … to assure that Rogge understood the ramifications.”

The judge sentenced him to probation and confinement for several
months at a Catholic treatment facility in New Mexico. In this case
and in the one from 1967, he received deferred adjudication, meaning
that he had no criminal record after his probation.

Before his 1985 plea, Father Rogge had told a Tribune reporter that
the men were nude at the cabin “because it was so hot” and that
“nothing of any immorality took place.” Yet one of the priest’s
friends, a previously convicted child molester named Michael
Betancourt, also pleaded no contest to threatening the boy’s life…

According to the sheriff’s report, Mr. Betancourt “got a pruning saw
out of his truck and placed it against his neck. He then told the
victim if he told anyone, he would kill him.”

There is no indication that Father Rogge worked as a priest again
until the late 1980s, when he began work in southern Louisiana at the
college and the parish.

Father Rogge “has left a trail of tears for 40 years,” Mr. Swart’s
recent e-mail to Lafayette’s Bishop O’Donnell declared. “Enough is

1985/Tampa Tribune
In 1985, Norman Rogge pleaded no contest to lewd and lascivious
conduct in the presence of a child.

Senator, Please to me why your website limits my free speech? Is this muzzle placed equally on your favorite donors, corporations, lobbyist and special interests? If I can’t take your office to federal court for a violation of my free speech, what court do I go to — The United Nations in NYC, The Hague?

In the end, you’re no better than all those that I accuse of molesting me, tazering me, and beating the hell out of me in Mobile Metro County Jail. If I don’t here from YOU personally or from staffer calling to set up a phone call with you then I have no choice, but to consider taking my story to the media, to my global audience including the faculty teaching at government and law schools around Washington.

This is unacceptable having to submit three separate emails to communicate a serious problem that I am having in Mobile because nobody here, in law enforcement, will do they job.

Please explain why your website user form limits me (at all) to just 4,000 character, not even words. It’s unconstitutional and a complete violation of the ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence. You’re out of control Senator Sessions; your behavior in the end is no different than that of King George III, Fr. Norman Rogge, the Archdiocese of Mobile, the Catholic Church, the City of Mobile, DA John Tyson, the State of Alabama. Abuse of power is abuse of power. How funny! How tragic!


To a free internet without tolls!!!


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