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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 […]
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 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 […]
June 18, 2020

Former priest accused of sexually abusing young boy in the 1980’s

  The Rev. J. Gregory Mulhall, a former Ilion priest and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany are among those named in child sexual abuse complaints dating back to the early 1980’s.  Mulhall,  who served as pastor of Annunciation Church from June 12, 1961, until his retirement in 1985, is accused of  sexually abusing a minor from approximately 1983 to 1984. The filing was included in the 52 child sexual abuse complaints against the diocese filed under the state’s Child Victims Act.  Mary DeTurris Poust, communications director for the Albany diocese, said the diocese is working toward dealing with clergy […]
June 12, 2020

Church accused of knowing Bishop sexually abused young girls and did nothing

    Joseph Neipp, 72, a former Bishop at the Church in San Jose, is accused of sexually abusing two sisters, known  as Jane Doe and Jane Doe 2. The lawsuit claims that the Church in San Jose knew about the former Bishops abuse and could have prevented it from happening.   Neipp was once the bishop of San Jose’s Branham Ward in South San Jose where one of the sisters allegedly met him when they enrolled in a church-sponsored program. According to the  lawsuit, Jane Doe was sexually abused by Neipp between 2009 to 2016 and  her sister, Jane Doe […]
June 5, 2020

Second alleged victim of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio accuses priest of sex abuse

    Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, has been accused for a second time of sexually abusing a man while he was the Bishop of Camden back in the 1970’s and 80’s. DiMarzio, who now leads the Diocese of Brooklyn, has denied the claim. “There is absolutely no truth to the allegation,” the bishop said Thursday. “I deny this outrageous and libelous claim.” Both of DiMarzio’s accusers have said that  they were sexually assaulted as children in two separate parishes in Jersey City. In this new case, the victim, who remains anonymous,  says  he was about 6 to 7 years old at […]
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