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Hawaii Pedophile Priest is Paroled

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

A predator priest has just been released on parole.

Mark Matson

Mark Matson

Fr. Mark Matson, a Catholic priest of the Colorado-based Theatine Fathers order, was tried and convicted in 2000 in Hawaii for sexual assaulting a 13-year-old boy. Matson was sentenced to 20 years.


This week, he was freed. (See official notice below.)

We believe Catholic officials, in Hawaii, California, Texas and Colorado, should use their vast resources – parish bulletins, church websites, diocesan newspapers and pulpit announcements – to warn families about him.

In addition to his Hawaii conviction, Matson has been accused of abusing boys in Colorado and California. Furthermore, a Colorado man filed a civil suit against Matson for sexual molesting and assaulting him at 13 years old at St. Andrew’s Seminary in the 1970s. (Miami attorney Adam Horowitz represented the victim.)

Matson also worked in San Antonio and as a chaplain at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. He often performed magic tricks as a way to approve and impress youngsters.



Now that Matson has been released on parole, the duty of his Catholic supervisors isn’t over. They recruited, educated, ordained, hired, transferred and shielded him. They still have a moral and civic obligation to safeguard kids from him by warning citizens about him.


Date: July 19, 2013, 2:36:01 PM EDT
To: ___
Subject: A message from Hawaii SAVIN
Reply-To: The VINE Service <service_center@vine.appriss.com>


This e-mail is to inform you of the result of the parole hearing held on 7/17/2013, involving the offender MARK MATSON.

The offender has been granted parole.

If you need further assistance, please contact the Hawaii Paroling Authority by calling 1-808-587-1300.

This notification is sponsored by Hawaii SAVIN, the Hawaii Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification service, powered by VINE. It is our hope that this information has been helpful to you.

Thank you,

Hawaii SAVIN powered by VINE


Unprecedented Video of Sex Abusing Priest to Be Revealed at Honolulu News Conference Wednesday

Accused predator priest tells his story in shocking video, Admits molesting dozens – unabated by his superiors, New lawsuits of two more victims to be announced

What:  At a news conference in Honolulu, attorneys for victims of child sexual abuse in Hawaii will present gripping video testimony of a priest and child sex predator. In the video he admits to abusing children; discusses why he wasn’t stopped; explains how he was transferred from assignment to assignment; and how efforts of parents to stop him were thwarted. The priest, who worked at Damien Memorial School—and other schools and military bases nationwide—has been accused of abuse by three Hawaii men and more than two dozen men on the mainland. (Note: Transcripts and DVDs of the video will be available at the news conference and also as a download.  A map showing his trail of abuse will also be available.)

Damien Memorial

At the news conference attorneys will also announce a new lawsuit brought by two additional sexual abuse victims of this priest in Honolulu.

When:  Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Noon (HST)

Where:  Garden Lanai Room, Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Street Honolulu

Who: A parent of one of the priest’s victims, who reported abuse to Damien school officials.

Jeff Anderson:  Attorney Jeff Anderson is an internationally known St. Paul, Minnesota-based trial lawyer who is widely recognized as a pioneer in sexual abuse litigation and has earned a reputation as a tireless champion of civil rights for children and the under-privileged. Anderson has represented thousands of survivors of sexual abuse by authority figures and clergy.

Mark Gallagher:  Jeff Anderson & Associates’ Kailua-based affiliate Mark Gallagher has over 24 years experience as an attorney successfully seeking justice and compensation for those injured in Hawaii through no fault of their own. An experienced litigator in Hawaii state courts on Oahu, the Big Island, Kauai and Maui, Mark has also practiced in the United States federal courts system.

Joelle Casteix:  A survivor of childhood sexual abuse in Southern California, Joelle is a survivor advocate and is currently volunteer Western Regional Director of Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

Contact:  Mark F. Gallagher   808.535.1500

Contact:  Attorney Jeff Anderson   888.567.5557 Mobile 612.817.8665