Victim Becomes Perpetrator: Survivor of Sexual Abuse by Priest Found With Child Pornography

This story really angered me. This son-of-a-bitch knows damn well what it felt like to be raped, molested, victimized and to be told he ‘enjoyed it,’ and then he goes and contributes to the suffering of other children by downloading and getting off on child pornography images.

Every person who does this, is encouraging, enabling, and asking for more children to be sexually abused. These images are images of a serious crime being committed against a child.

“A Rochester man who was molested by a local priest two decades ago is now facing child pornography charges.

Federal authorities allege that Paul Hearty, 36, had on his telephone images of infant boys and girls being molested. When 16 years old, Hearty was molested by the Rev. William Lum, a local priest who later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual abuse.

Hearty appeared Friday in U.S. District Court in Rochester. His bail hearing is set for Aug. 27.

Both Hearty’s family and his attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender Mark Hosken, declined comment this week.

Hearty was convicted in 2005 of possessing child pornography and was required to register as a sex offender.

Hearty unsuccessfully sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, alleging that the diocese had sheltered priests who preyed on youngsters. The diocese in 2002 agreed to pay for five years of counseling for Hearty.

In the summer months of 1992, Lum molested Hearty in the rectory of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Greece. In court papers, Hearty alleged that he was forced into sex by Lum.

He said he begged Lum to stop and that Lum answered “he knew I was enjoying this.”

It’s almost as if his perpetrator gave him a self-fulfilling prophesy because now he does indeed find sexual gratification in children being forced into sex.

Every person who has ever sexually abused a child is also partially guilty of any sexual crimes their victim ends up committing against other children.

“After his recent arrest, federal prosecutors appeared ready to agree that Hearty could remain free pending trial on certain conditions, including electronic monitoring.

However, this week prosecutors indicated that they may now oppose his pretrial release based on new information they’ve received. That information has not been revealed in court or in court papers but will likely be a focus of the Aug. 27 bail hearing.

Local counselor Carl Christensen, who works with sexual predators and their victims, said “there are tons of people that access pornography and tons of people that access child pornography.”

While those who watch child pornography may have had instances of abuse in their past, the abuse is not “a determining factor” in their predilection, Christensen said.”

I have more anger for those who were sexually abused themselves as children, and who go out and perpetrate sex crimes on other children than I do for people who were never sexually abused but still end up molesting or raping a child.

Rape and molestation victims have felt the physical pain and mental anguish. They know damn well how traumatizing and confusing it is, so for them to commit the exact same crime on another innocent person is almost calculating. It’s as if they are taking their revenge out on another child. It’s as if they are using the child as a poison container to expel their own toxic waste.

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5 Responses to Victim Becomes Perpetrator: Survivor of Sexual Abuse by Priest Found With Child Pornography

  1. Alethea says:

    My therapist just reminded me that this man is also a hypocrite.

    So true!

  2. giray says:

    A article I read à few years ago suggested boys who have been molested will repeat the cycle when they are abused a seed has been planted and unless they get proper support,spiritual guidance will repeat the behaviour or go into self destructive behaviours. Child stars such as corey felman have been abused. That also explains why many end up on drugs.

    • Alethea says:

      That is probably very true. Boys would be more likely to become offenders than women.

      I read that Joaquin and River Phoenix grew up in a cult-like group as children and that there was sexual abuse. It would certainly explain River’s drug addition. I feel that Michael Jackson was most likely sexually abused by his father. Latoya came out with the sexual abuse family secret but was forced to retract her allegations. Michael had an inner drive to look like a white female. I think he was subconsciously doing anything he could to avoid looking like the little boy he once was, who was abused, and to not look ANYTHING like his father.

      MJ had a serious drug addition. People with deep emotional pain will try and ‘check out’ for a while through drug addictions. It is their mental escape system.

  3. Andre' says:

    Yep.

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