Some stories you just can't make up.
If there were still any doubt about the circus-like frenzy the media has created about Catholic priests and sex abuse, consider the following case of an imprisoned crank claiming that he too was a victim of priest sex abuse.
While serving time in a Pennsylvania prison for committing some ten bank robberies, Shamont Sapp, 49, accused four different priests in four different dioceses around the country of abusing him over a two-year period in the late 1970s.
Lest one think that there might be a shred of credibility to the claims, consider this:
"All told, the [Oregon Department of Justice] says Sapp filed claims against dioceses in Tucson, Ariz.; Covington, Ken., Spokane, Wash. [; and the Arch. of Portland] – in some instances alleging sexual acts that took place in the same cities on the same day."
Even SNAP's wild-eyed David Clohessy and Judy Block-Jones might have a hard time believing this one. But you never know.
Last week, a federal grand jury indicted Sapp on serious mail fraud charges related to the bogus claims. Not surprisingly, the grand jury found that Sapp wasn't even present in the dioceses at the times he claimed.
And if this story were not weird enough, it turns out that this is not the first time that Sapp has made noteworthy news beyond his serial bank robbery.
In 2011, as celebrity site TMZ reported, Sapp sued Hollywood actors Jamie Foxx and Tyler Perry for $1 million each, claiming that the pair stole his idea for the lowbrow comedy movie Skank Robbers. He also sued Fox Broadcasting and producer David Zuckerman for a total of $4 million.
There is no word if Sapp had any luck with his Hollywood-hunting claims.
Fortunately, in a very rare act of mercy by Hollywood, the movie Skank Robbers was never unleashed upon the American public.
[Thanks for the tip, Matt!]