Fake News: Priest Did NOT Suck Venom Out of Genitals, Choir Boy Did NOT Get Snake Bite

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: Priest Did NOT Suck Venom Out of Genitals, Choir Boy Did NOT Get Snake Bite

Did a priest in Florida named Juan Cristobal José Gonzalez suck the venom out of the genitals of a choir boy during a camping trip when the boy was bitten by a snake, saving his life? No, the entire story is not true: it was made up by a Canadian website that invents tales of bizarre crimes and weird sex acts for entertainment purposes. None of it is real.

The story originated from an article published by World News Daily Report on September 23, 2018 titled "Choir boy survives deadly snake bite after priest sucks venom out of genitals" (archived here) which opened:

Miami, FL | A priest at a southwest Miami-Dade County Catholic church has possibly saved a young choir boy's life after he was bitten by a rattlesnake.

Father Juan Cristobal José Gonzalez, the pastor at St. Francis Catholic Church, had taken the 15-year-old boy out for a two-day fishing and camping trip when the incident occurred.

The young boy was bitten near the testicles moments after he walked on what he believed to be a branch and Father Gonzalez immediately attempted to suck out the venom before bringing him to the hospital.

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

Choir boy survives deadly snake bite after priest sucks venom out of genitals

Miami, FL | A priest at a southwest Miami-Dade County Catholic church has possibly saved a young choir boy's life after he was bitten by a rattlesnake. Father Juan Cristobal José Gonzalez, the pastor at St. Francis Catholic Church, had taken the 15-year-old boy out for a two-day fishing and camping

According to this archive.org webpage capture the image used to illustrate the story has been online since at least 2010:

Koorknaap - Oncyclopedia

De rest van de ex-koorknaapjes lukt het helemaal niet meer om hun mannelijkheid terug te vinden. Ze zijn er zo gewend aan geraakt vrouwenkleren te dragen dat ze dit ook in volwassenheid blijven doen. Dit zijn de zogenaamde koormeisjes. Iedereen kan zien en horen dat dit eigenlijk mannen zijn, behalve de koorballen die nooit kennis hebben gemaakt met echte vrouwen.

The website World News Daily Report is a well known satire website specialized in posting hoaxes and made up stories. The disclaimer on their website is pretty clear about that even though you have to scroll all the way down the page to find it:

World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.

It is run by Janick Murray-Hall and Olivier Legault, who also run the satirical Journal de Mourréal, a satirical site spoofing the (real) Journal de Montéal. Very often their stories feature an image showing a random crazy mugshot found in a mugshot gallery on the internet or on a stock photo website superimposed over a background of flashing police lights or crime scene tape.

Articles from the site are frequently copied (sometimes even months or years later) by varous fake news websites that omit the satire disclaimer and present the information as real.

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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