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Information developed by the Burbank Police Department as part of an on-going narcotics investigation netted three arrests and the seizure of both drugs and money last week.
On Thursday, Jan. 23, the Burbank police executed a search warrant at a home in the 8100 block of South Oak Park Avenue. Division Chief Mike Dudlo said detectives located and seized approximately 20 grams of cocaine, a couple grams of marijuana and numerous items used in the sale of narcotics. Also seized was a substantial amount of U.S. currency.
Arrested was resident Carlos Valadez Jr., 41. Valdez is charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug equipment.
In the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 25, Burbank officers with assistance from the South Suburban Emergency Response Team (SSERT), executed search warrants simultaneously at two separate Burbank residences.
In the process of the search of the two homes, police located and seized a combined quantity of approximately 6 grams of cocaine, approximately 20 grams of marijuana, and numerous amounts of drug equipment and items used for the sale of narcotics. A small amount of U.S. currency was recovered from one of the residences.
According to Dudlo, both residences are home to known gang members.
Arrested at a home in the 8000 block of South McVicker Avenue was resident Osama Derweesh, 18. Derweesh was charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug equipment.
Arrested at a home in the 8100 block of South Mason Avenue was resident Joshua Boosinger, 19. Boosinger was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis and possession of drug equipment.
Dudlo said, “The Burbank Police Department is doing its best in trying to eliminate the sales of narcotics in the community. Our officers work hard on these cases. Many man hours go into these investigations. Sometimes it produces arrests and sometimes our officers come up ‘dry.’ In either case, we have dedicated officers trying to make this a better community for the residents.”
The Burbank Police Department has set-up a special tip line at (708) 793-3388 and encourages citizens to call with information they may have in connection to a location where drugs may be sold. Callers have the option to give their name or remain anonymous.
Last week, Cardinal Francis George promised to turn over internal Archdiocese of Chicago records relating to the sexual misconduct of over 30 priests as part of a court settlement. Yesterday those previously secret church documents were released to the public by the law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates (for more information view the Chicago Sun-Times "Archdiocese Concealed Abuse by Priests, Documents Reveal" video below).
One of the 30 accused priests whose file was released by the Chicago Archdiocese, served at St. Albert the Great Parish in Burbank during the 1970s. The Rev. John Curran served as assistant pastor at St. Albert from 1970-1980. According to church documents, Curran was accused of hundreds of incidents of sexual abuse while at St. Albert.
A timeline and internal Archdiocese papers posted online by attorneys Marc Pearlman and Jeff Anderson chronicle Curran’s alleged abuses from the time he was ordained in 1957 until his death in 2000 and the Church's handling of the affair (see documents below). The following is a summary of that timeline, with extracts from Victim Statement Abstracts compiled by the Archdiocese, while Curran was serving at St. Albert the Great Parish:
7/19/70 – 6/30/80 Assistant Pastor, St. Albert the Great Parish
1970 - A 1997 Report from the wife of a Curran survivor to the Office of Professional Review, stating that her husband had been repeatedly touched under his clothing by Curran when he was twelve to fourteen years old. (AOC 002068 – AOC 002069)
1970 - According to a 1998 Report, Curran sexually abused a minor at the parish rectory in 1970 while the minor was an altar boy. The abuse consisted of kissing and fondling. (AOC 001937)
“The alleged abuse consisted of Fr. Curran providing the minor with alcohol, kissing Victim FL and fondling his genitals over and under his clothes. The alleged abuse occurred at the St. Albert the Great parish rectory in 1970. Victim FL was an altar boy at St. Albert the Great, and reported that Curran had a reputation for buying alcohol for students and altar boys.”
1971 - According to a 2004 Report, Curran sexually abused a minor in the rectory at St. Albert the Great parish. The abuse consisted of fondling the girl’s chest and engaging in sexually explicit dialogue between 1971 and 1975. (AOC 001915)
“The alleged abuse consisted of Fr. Curran fondling Victim FH's chest and engaging in sexually explicit dialogue. The alleged abuse occurred in the rectory at St. Albert the Great parish from approximately 1971 through 1975. Victim FH recalls Fr. Curran buying alcohol for the boys that would be with him in the rectory.”
1973 - According to a 1992 memo of the Vicar for Priests, the office received an allegation that Curran sexually abused a minor at St. Albert’s. The abuse consisted of Curran pulling down his pants and exposing his penis and telling the minor that a girl performed oral sex on him. (AOC 002022)
1976 - According to a 2004 Report, Curran sexually abused a minor at St. Albert the Great parish, the minor’s home and Curran’s car. The abuse consisted of 200 incidents between 1976 and 1979 of fondling before and after mass and sexually explicit language during confession. (AOC 001914)
“The alleged abuse consisted of Fr. Curran providing Victim FG with alcohol; fondling his genitals over and under his clothes while Victim VG was an altar boy before and after masses and events; and using sexually explicit language during confession with Victim FG. Victim FG estimates 200 incidents of alleged abuse by Fr. Curran over the course of approximately three years, beginning in 1976. The alleged abuse occurred at St. Albert the Great parish, at Victim FG's family home, and in Fr. Curran's car. Victim FG also reported witnessing Fr. Curran abusing his minor friends, including 20-25 other altar boys per grade per year. Victim FG also saw Fr. Curran providing minors with alcohol at parties. Victim FG believes that other priests knew that Fr. Curran abused children because one priest told the altar boys that he kept a padlock on his door at the rectory where Fr. Curran also was.”
1977 - According to a 2004 Report, Curran sexually abused a minor at St. Albert the Great parish when the minor was an altar boy between sixth and eighth grade from 1977-1979. The abuse consisted of fondling over and under clothing and would occur before mass in the sacristy of the church or the dressing room for the altar boys. (AOC 001913)
“The alleged abuse consisted of Fr. Curran providing Victim FF with alcohol and fondling Victim FF's genitals, both over and under his clothes. The alleged abuse occurred at St. Albert the Great parish when Victim FF was an altar boy and between sixth and eighth grade, which was approximately 1977 to 1979. Victim FF stated that he also witnessed Fr. Curran abusing other minor altar boys. The abuse would take place before mass in the sacristy of the church or the dressing room for the altar boys.”