A clergy abuse survivor filed a lawsuit against the Syracuse Diocese and a deceased priest on Thursday. He alleges that the former Utica, New York-area priest committed abuse against him from the time that he was five until he was a sophomore in high school during the 1970s and 1980s. Previously, the survivor filed a suit in June 2017 in Connecticut against the priest and the diocese, but it was dismissed due to the statute of limitations. Along with accusations against the priest, the new suit alleges that the diocese failed to report the sex abuse accusations they fielded from several children, that they allowed allegedly known abusive priests access to minors, and that they concealed the alleged sex abuse history of the priest implicated in the suit. In 2014, the diocese defrocked the priest who had since retired because of credible abuse allegations, and he passed away a few months after the initial suit was filed.
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations restricts many child abuse survivors from getting the chance to hold their abusers accountable for their actions due to the age of the crimes. The Child Victims Act in New York, however, gives survivors a one-year legal window in which to file suits against their abusers for older cases. From the moment that the window opened, courthouses in New York have received hundreds of filings against credibly accused priests and other parties who committed sexual abuse against minors.
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