Sunday Mirror – July 31, 2011
by Geoffrey Lakeman, Sunday Mirror 31/07/2011
A child protection official for the Catholic Church has been caught with 4,000 pictures of child porn.
Father-of-four Christopher Jarvis was arrested after uploading pictures of children being abused to a website.
Married Jarvis, 49, a former social worker, was employed by the church following sex scandals about pervert priests.
His job was to monitor church groups to ensure paedophiles did not gain access to children in the church’s congregations.
But he was caught by police in March with more than 4,000 child porn images on his home computer and his work laptop.
He admitted 12 counts of making, possessing and distributing indecent images when he appeared before magistrates in Plymouth and is likely to face jail when he returns to court for sentencing next month.
Jarvis, who has been sacked from his job as child safeguarding officer, worked the Diocese of Plymouth for nine years. Church spokesman David Pond said: “Mr Jarvis was suspended from his position as soon as the diocese became aware in March of the police investigation. “The Bishop took that action and since then the Church has worked closely with the police.”
The last paragraph, of course, is the most important: look how well the catholic church is handling the case of a pedophile working for them! They fired the guy when the police started the investigation! …And since then they are working closely with the police; Even better!
What the article does not get into is the fact that this person was put in that position in the first place?!?
In England, like in most civilized countries in Europe, there exists something like the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). When somebody applies for a job consisting mainly of working with children or other vulnerable persons, they are checked there before hiring.
Maybe Mr Jarvis had no criminal record yet?
Well, that is bad luck; then even a CRB check does not help. Like any system, it functions only when records are available.
But would the diocese of Plymouth have run a CRB check on mr Jarvis before employing him into such sensitive position?
What are the church procedures when hiring people for these sensitive positions?
Do they have a procedure, or is it sufficient to eat fish on friday and go to church on sunday?
Does the CRB apply for people working for the catholic church in England?
Does the catholic church report to the CRB on any criminal charges resulting from their own “justice system” – canon law?
Knowing how the catholic church prefers to keep a lid on any criminal activities by church employees, the CRB will probably never function for those criminals having taken shelter in that institution.
In the rest of Europe? I can’t tell, but in my homecountry, the Netherlands, we tried to change the law in 2007.
The TV-documentary of my case against the church resulted in politicians fervently proclaiming that the same law should apply to all.
A majority in the parliament after one afternoon of calling around.
Criminal charges against church employees (whether priests or laymen) were until then not reported into our very own CRB.
(If those criminal charges were ever brought to any kind of court…whether secular or canonic!?!)
And the politicians were of the opinion that that should change.
The catholic church wiped the whole issue off the table hiding behind the “segregation of church and state”: the politicians had no business mixing with the catholic church’ internal procedures.
And that was it…case closed…no change of law…
Again the catholic church put their own secrecy about what is happening behind the high walls of the churches, institutions and convents or misbehaving of church employees, above the protection of children.
Specific for the Netherlands? No, standard procedure…
Every sane person in the world would think that the protection of children is the highest good of any civilisation. The roman catholic church proved again not being a part of that…
And so mr Christopher Jarvis is not an exemption, a coincidence, these same horrors happen all over the world and time and time again. Again and again criminals employed by the catholic church are being exposed, but some people still don’t connect the dots in the puzzle.
Is the image to frightening to see or have they been indoctrinated? That is material for another article to be published here soon.
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