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October 20, 2020

Rev. Msgr. Antoine Attea, now deceased, named in lawsuit accusing him of child sex abuse decades ago.

Rev. Msgr. Antoine Attea,  a  former Jamestown pastor, has been named in a lawsuit under the Child Victims Act. Attea died in a 2007 plane crash at Chautauqua County Airport. The lawsuit, filed in Erie County, claims that the Rev. Msgr. Antoine Attea abused a male victim, a young boy at the time, while serving at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Jamestown. The victim, who remained anonymous and filed under JohnDoe,  claims that Attea “engaged in unpermitted, forcible and harmful sexual contact” with him when he was 12 years old, on the church’s premises in 1997. “Msgr. Attea’s duties […]
October 13, 2020

Vincent Dutkowski, former basketball Coach at Seton Catholic High School accused of sex abuse decades ago

Vincent Dutkowski, a former basketball Coach at Seton Catholic High School in Endicott, who is now deceased, has been accused of sexually abusing a student when he worked there in the 1970’s. Vincent Dutkowski has been named in four more lawsuits that have been filed  in the state Supreme Court of New York,  accusing  him of sexually abusing students  when he was employed at another Catholic School, Our Lady of Lourdes High Schoo, in Poughkeepsie. Dutkowski, who died at age 83 in 2012,  was a registered sex offender living in Florida and did not face criminal charges from the  accusations […]
October 12, 2020

13 victims of child sex abuse sue Devereux Behavioral Health for negligence staff abuse

Thirteen adult survivors of childhood sex abuse are now  suing Devereux Behavioral Health, alleging the nonprofit knew about, yet failed to stop the sex abuse. The victims claim that the staff knew about the sexual  misconduct that was going on and did nothing to stop it or help the children. The victims, all minors at the time of abuse,  some as young as 8 when the alleged abuse took place, remained  anonymous  in the complaint to protect their privacy.  The abuse occurred during the 10  year period of  2004 – 2014. The complaint also brought up  allegations that other  Devereux […]
October 2, 2020

Diocese of Rockville Center files bankruptcy; won’t stop victims from having a voice

The Diocese of Rockville Centre on Long Island, a Roman Catholic diocese in suburban New York filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday. The Diocese of Rockville Centre had been accused of sexual abuse allegations against children and named in over 200 lawsuits. Bishop John Oliver Barres said that the Diocese of Rockville Centre  could not afford to litigate so many cases and therefore filed for bankruptcy protection.      “What became clear was that the diocese was not going to be able to continue to carry out its spiritual, charitable and educational missions if it were to   continue to […]
September 3, 2020

John C. Sapp Jr., Church Youth Leader, indicted on multiple counts of child sex abuse

  John C. Sapp Jr., the 34-year-old lead pastor at  Maranatha Fellowship church,  has been indicted on 89 charges after he allegedly had sexual relationships with two teenage girls who were members of a church youth group. Sapp Jr. had  been leading the youth group for the past three years. most of the sexual encounters took place in the church and church youth group outings.  According to court documents, Sapp was at his house with his wife when he confessed to “inappropriately touching” a girl. Maranatha Fellowship did not immediately respond to questions about the case.  Delaware State Police investigators […]
August 27, 2020

Henry Kolakoski, former teacher at Columbia High School, accused of sexually abusing students in the 1980’s

Henry Kolakoski, a former teacher at Columbia High School until 2007, is accused of sexually abusing a student when he was the victim’s social studies teacher in the 1980’s. In the lawsuit against East Greenbush Central School District,  officials are accused of allegedly knowing about the abuse and still allowed a sexual predator to teach at the school. The former student, Robert Reese, accuses  Kolakoski of abusing him in school, at school events and at the teacher’s home in 1979 and 1980. Kolakoski surrendered his teaching license in 2007 amid an investigation by the State Education Department into his alleged […]
August 25, 2020

William Dederick, Former Kingston High School Principal accused of sexually abusing student in the 1980’s

  William Dederick, a retired biology teacher and later, an administrator at Kingston High School  has been accused of sexually abusing a student on and off school property in the early 1980s. According to the lawsuit,  the Kingston school district allegedly knew about the sexual abuse  of the victim and possibly other victims. Dederick, and the school district are both named as defendants in the lawsuit. Dederick, now 78, who was an employee at the school for more than 33 years, still maintains his innocence and has been advised not to speak about the case. At the time the alleged […]
August 14, 2020

Former YMCA Youth Volunteer accused of sexually abusing teenage boy in the 1980’s

  A convicted sex offender is now accused of sexually abusing at least  dozen children in the 1980s when he worked as a youth volunteer in Binghamton YMCA. A complaint was filed last week accusing Michael Gregg of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in 1986 that took place over  a year when the boy was in the YMCA youth program.  Gregg, now 61, allegedly groomed and befriended the teenage boy and invited him to his home  to eat pizza and play video games in Binghamton where he abused him. The teenage boy had mental disabilities and participated in youth activities […]
August 11, 2020

NY elite private school Saint David named in lawsuit amidst child sexual abuse allegations

Saint David’s School, an elite private school in Manhattan, is named in a $20 million lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of a former student by 3 staff members dating back years ago.  The former student, Anthony Filiberti, is the second victim to come forward alleging sexual abuse. The first alleged victim, Peter DeFeo, accused the former teachers of the school of molesting him when he was just 8 years old. He is now 59.  “Initially, it was incredibly pleasant. You ran around this donated mansion,” said Filiberti of the school. He is now age 60 an sugn under the Child Victims […]
August 3, 2020

Robert “Bob” Rusch accused of sexually abusing female students when he was a teacher decades ago

    Nancy Smahl-Syrop, Jane Bedell and Sara Smahl, have all come out and  accused Robert “Bob” Rusch, their former Brooklyn private school teacher, of sexually abusing them on multiple occasions over four decades ago, when they were each only 12 years old. Rusch, was a seventh-grade teacher and advisor at the Woodard School in Brooklyn in the 1960’s-70’s when the alleged abuse occurred.  The court  documents say that Rusch “sexually abused and assaulted multiple children in addition to the above-named plaintiffs, a fact known to defendant Woodard … which fired defendant Rusch in 197,”. Rusch, 77,  now a record […]
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