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July 3, 2020

Several sex abuse lawsuits filed under Child Victims Act against Catholic priests in the Diocese of Ogdensburg

  Over 20 adult victims of child sex abuse by Catholic Priests have filed lawsuits under the Child Victims Act, which is an Act that allows victims to sue no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. These lawsuits  claim abuse by several Catholic priests in the Diocese of Ogdensburg, which includes the North Country.  For the first time, there are 7 priests named, who worked during periods spanning between 1961- 1989,  including clerics who served in Malone, Dannemora, Lowville, Massena, Schroon Lake, Parishville, Potsdam, and Crown Point. Three other priests are also named as the subjects of prior lawsuits. […]
July 2, 2020

Diocese of Greensburg named in lawsuit where Priest accused of sexually abusing young boys in the 90’s

    A man is suing the Diocese of Greensburg and Bishop Edward Malesic for alleged sexual abuse when he was a child. The man, now age 40, claims in the lawsuit that the Rev. Joseph L. Sredzinski began abusing him in 1991 when he was 11 years old and continued until he was 17. Sredzinski, who died in 2015,  served at the former St. Joseph Church in Everson, Fayette County, from 1989 to 1999.  It is reported that the  Everson mayor reported an incident to the diocese officials in 1991 where police found Sredzinski parked with a boy at […]
July 1, 2020

Buddhist leader accused of sexually abusing young girls

  Michael Smith, a  former member of a Colorado Shambhala Buddhist center has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing at least one child.  In March, the 55-year-old  pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and attempted sexual assault on a child. In addition to the 20 year sentence, a Boulder district judge also gave a three-year prison sentence for attempted sex assault. Smith’s prison sentence will be followed by five years of mandatory parole. According to police,  Smith lived in a room rented out by the girl’s family to other Shambhala Buddhists, and that is […]
June 30, 2020

Tony Brown Sr., House Of Montessori Education Day Care employee charged with molesting two children under age 10

  Tony Brown Sr., 63, has been charged with statutory sodomy and five counts of child molestation after police reported that he molested two girls under the age of 10 at House Of Montessori Education, a south St. Louis day care facility where he was employed.   Brown was working at the day care at 7814 South Broadway when he allegedly molested the girls.  Brown inappropriately touched one of the girls  and forced her to touch him inappropriately over his clothing, according to the probable cause statement. He touched another girl inappropriately over her clothing on the same day as […]
June 30, 2020

Priest and Catholic school Teacher accused of repeatedly molesting young girl when she was just 5 years old

  Sex abuse attorney Jeff Herman announces the filing of a lawsuit, under the Child Victims Act, against the DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN and ST. BENEDICT JOSEPH LABRE PARISH regarding a teacher who allegedly raped a kindergarten student when she was just 5 years old back in 1983. The victim, now age 42, remains anonymous and known as C.L., said that when she was just 5 years old, she was brought by her teacher and the Priest to a private teachers lounge, told to get undressed, and both men raped her. This alleged abuse took place on over several  occasions until […]
June 29, 2020

Girl Scout Leader accused of molesting two female scouts ages 8 and 9

    A Girl Scout troop co-leader is accused of accused of sexually abusing two children and has been arraigned in Amherst Town Court last week. This is the second arraignment for Troop leader Marty Walton, 31, who is currently facing similar charges back in May in Niagara County from a charge of child sexual abuse.  The victims alleging the abuse in that investigation are minors, ages eight and nine years old. Walton’s wife, Shani Walton, was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.  Amherst police were investigating other incidents of child endangerment that involve the Waltons. Walton […]
June 26, 2020

Three former priests accused of child sex abuse dating back decades

  Three former priests at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church and Catholic Central High School are accused of sexually abusing kids in  the 1970’s. the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse is named as a defendant in a lawsuit. The victim, who is now 61 years-old, claims he suffered severe physical and psychological abuse leading to severe depression, migraines, PTSD, and anxiety. The accused are former priests, David Pichette, who was a teacher at Catholic Central, Thomas Zedar who served as the school’s principal and later the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in Broome Count, and Robert Kloster who was the rector at […]
June 25, 2020

Priest accused of sexually abusing teenager in Lake Luzerne decades ago

  The Rev. Charles A. Gaffigan, a former priest  at a church in Lake Luzerne was named in one of 52 sex abuse lawsuits filed last week against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. Gaffigan retired in 2011 from Holy Mother and Child Parish, is accused of sexually abusing a child from 1992 to about 1994 at what was then Holy Infancy Church in Lake Luzerne. Gaffigan, who died in 2015 after battling cancer, was appointed  as pastor of what was then Holy Infancy Church in Lake Luzerne in 1991. He also served as associate pastor in St. Michael’s in […]
June 24, 2020

Documentary exposes Cover up of Clergy sex abuse of minors

  Archbishop Wojciech Polak, the head of Poland’s Roman Catholic Church has said he is asking the Vatican to investigate the cover-up of child sexual abuse by priests following the release of a documentary on the subject on Saturday. The film tells the story of two brothers who try to confront a priest who allegedly abused them when they were children. The Vatican is expected to assign an investigator to the case. The film – “Hide and Seek” – is the second documentary on the subject by brothers Marek and Tomasz Sekielski and has been viewed more than 1.9 million times […]
June 23, 2020

New lawsuits filed against priests alleging decades of sex abuse of children

  Approximately 40 new lawsuits have been filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, alleging child sex abuse by priests spanning decades.  The suits claim that priests sexually abused children in parishes across New York, over the course of more than 50 years. The lawsuits were filed under the New York State Child Victims Act. Four priests are being sued by multiple people. Monsignor Charles Eckermann, who died in 2016, was removed from his position over allegations of child sex abuse of at least 4 children in 2014. The complaints of abuse span nearly 30 years: from 1958 to 1983. Eckermann […]
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