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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 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 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 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 18, 2020

Former Edison High School student claims teacher abused him in the 1980’s

  Under the Child Victims Act, a former Edison High School student is suing The township Board of Education claiming he was sexually abused by a teacher in the 1980s. The suit, filed in Superior Court last week, alleges that the school board “failed to take reasonable steps” to protect the student from the abuse. ITh suit claims that the shop teacher Frederick Burkley, from 1983 to 1985, “groomed” the student “to gain his trust and to obtain control over him” as part of a plan to sexually molest and abuse him. Burkley, who has since died, also served as […]
June 16, 2020

Prestigious NY Private School facing lawsuit claiming decades old sex abuse of students by teacher

  At $50,000 year tuition, New York’s Saint David’s School in Manhattan is considered a highly prestigious all-boys private school.  However, it now faces allegations by former students of unreported  sex abuse by teachers spanning decades.  Peter Defeo III, now 59, claims that 50 years ago he was abused repeatedly by teacher Robert Ludlow, who is now deceased.  He claims that he was abused as young as  8 years old. He also claims that  a female administrator witnessed  the crime, literally looked the other way and did nothing to stop it.  The sexual abuse continued for another two years. Peter […]
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