A Staten Island church faces a new clergy abuse lawsuit filed by an anonymous survivor. The plaintiff who attended the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in West Brighton, New York as a student and parishioner alleges that the now defrocked priest abused the survivor between 1989 and 1991 when the individual was 13 and 14 years old. The survivor claims that the school and the Archdiocese of New York were negligent in allowing the priest access to children and covered up the alleged abuse that occurred. After he served at the Staten Island church, he was transferred to two other parishes in the county, and then pleaded guilty to abuse charges filed against him in 1992. He subsequently resigned, went to a clergy treatment center in New Mexico, and was defrocked in 2005.
When filing a suit against a purportedly abusive priest, other defendants such as the church and the diocese may be implicated as well if they were aware of any sexual misconduct. Unfortunately, in many cases of clergy abuse, it was discovered that the church, diocese, and Catholic leaders may have known about the complaints and either failed to address them or transferred the priest in question to another parish. This does nothing to eliminate the potential for future abuse to be committed against additional minors or to hold credibly accused priests responsible for their actions.
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