Category Archives: Father William M. Slavin
Published Date Thursday, April 24,2014
From the Link: http://www.berlindailysun.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49465:frank-laferriere-support-the-victims-not-the-victimizers&catid=73:letter&Itemid=428
To the editor:
If you were to find out that the leadership of a group or organization you belonged to had appeared before commissions and grand juries and openly admitted to covering up the abuses of children, from rape to severe beatings, to even the death of a child, and that this involved tens of thousands of members own children, and that the cover ups are wide spread throughout the organization or group, you would think that the membership of the group would rise up in arms and make sure that the leadership is arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allows. That they would stand up and defend and protect their children over the leadership of their group or organization. Yet there is one such organization…though there are others….that its leadership is totally immune from liability for crimes such as these by it’s membership. This organization is known as the Roman Catholic Church.
While they have come far with this problem of child abuse, the Vatican announced that for 2011-2012 almost 400 priests had to be let go because of credible accusations of child abuse, including rape, there is still much to be done. While it is commendable that they caught and fired these priests, what about those whom participated in the cover ups of these crimes? Why are they not called to account for their crimes of the members own children? Why are the leadership of the church put above the law and those whom they have harmed? Why are they defended and even praised or made a saint?
There have been at least a half a dozen commission reports, like the Ryan Report, that detail the systematic sexual, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual abuse of children and teens, children of the Roman Catholic Church; and the cover ups of these abuses by the leaders and even their highest leaders, ones whom are supposed to be the Vicars of Jesus while on this earth and in their position. Yet even to this day, not one credibly accused leader has ever been arrested or prosecuted for their crimes save one, Bishop Robert Finn and that case is being retried. Matter of fact, one of these, John Paul II was given sainthood. There is overwhelming evidence he participated in the cover up of and through acts of omission, turned a blind eye to, the pederast Rev. Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ. Yet he is given sainthood? This is an insult to all those whom are survivors of these evil crimes against us.
There are some incredible priests and leaders of the Roman Catholic Church. I have met some of them. From Fr Tom Doyle, ret., whom has fought tirelessly for the victims of priest abuse, at the cost of his being a priest, to even our own local priest Fr Kyle Stanton whom has helped me immensely, to groups like Catholic Whistleblowers, and others, they have sort of restored my faith that this problem of priests and nuns abusing children and teens will stop. Yet to truly set things right the following must be done.
1. All credibly accused leaders, from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, to Cardinals like Timothy Dolan, Donald Wuerl, Roger Mahony, Bernard Law, George Pell, and many others, against whom there is overwhelming evidence, through commission reports, grand jury testimonies and the churches own documents, must be fired. They must be arrested and prosecuted. We do this to other criminals, we demand this of any rapist or those whom cover up the rapes and abuses of children. They may be leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, but these men are criminals and deserve to be arrested and prosecuted and the victims deserve their day in court and justice for the crimes committed against them because of these leaders actions.
2. Abide by the Pledge to Protect, Promise to Heal charter all of the diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States signed. All attacks against the victims must stop. We are not responsible for our rapes, we did not enjoy being raped. We are not homosexuals because we were raped by a male priest. We are not liars, gold diggers who are out looking for a payday from the Roman Catholic Church.
We are your sons, we are your daughters, who want justice, whom want those who perpetrated these crimes against us punished, whom went through one of the most horrifying and terrifying experiences a human being can go through. We trusted these priests and nuns and they destroyed that trust with their evil crimes against us. We were raped, we were beaten, we had our souls, our hearts stolen from us, we had our bodies destroyed and abused. We did not deserve this, we were not willing participants and we refuse to remain silent while those whom are responsible for these crimes against us go free while we still remain trapped inside the prisons they created for us.
3. No matter what….put your children before your leaders. Protect and stand up and defend your children….not the leaders whom committed these evils against us. Your children should come first. Stand up for the victims of these crimes, whom are your own children. You may know one. Again, we are your sons, your daughters, your nieces and nephews, your God children, whom you vowed and promised to protect and defend.
I started going back to church. I even started photographing St Annes, an incredibly beautiful place of worship. I had no choice though, I had to stop because I felt like such a hypocrite. Far too many of us whom were victims still see those responsible for these evils against us in their positions as if nothing in the world is wrong. We victims are still being attacked, by people like Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League. We are still being attacked by parishioners whom have called me a liar to my face and how dare I spread lies and rumors and false accusations and gossip against the leaders. Well, sadly, I am not spreading lies, rumors and false accusations, these statements I have made can all be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law if it were allowed.
Yet while these leaders whom perpetrated these crimes against us are still in power, I cannot in good conscious go into the church. I cannot be part of a church where the leadership covered up the crimes of child abuse, child rape and put the church before the children and are still in power, for that makes me a hypocrite in my eyes.
I would love to go on a regular basis to St Anne, to be among the other worshipers, some of whom I made acquaintance and even friends with, especially Fr Kyle, but I cannot, for while the wolves are still in control….someone must stand outside the door for the defense and protection of the children and the victims.
Sin is one thing…sin can be forgiven when there is true repentance from the sin. There has been no true repentance among the leadership whom covered up these crimes. There have been staged acts of contrition, but no true repentance. For if they are to truly repent they must also submit to prosecution for the crimes they committed. They must not hide behind their robes of religion. If they seek to make laws for man like they do, they also must submit to the laws of man and be arrested and prosecuted for their crimes. No one, not even religious leaders, should be allowed to get away with crimes against children. They should not be above the law!
When it comes time to the crimes of the rapes and abuses of children and teens and the cover up of these crimes by the leadership…only justice in a court of law, where the victims may have their day in court to see those responsible for the crimes against them be tried and if found guilty sentenced to prison…that is true justice. The Roman Catholic Church promised this to victims and to prosecuting attorneys…but have failed to deliver on this promise. Instead they still fight the victims and hide behind the statue of limitations to deny justice to the victims. Ask yourself is this true justice? If you were raped would you say this is true justice?
In closing whom do you think Jesus Christ will stand up for in the end?
Those whom perpetrated these crimes against children and teens…or the children and teen victims?
Here is a clue: “For it would be better for you to tie a huge boulder around your neck and throw yourself into the deepest of lakes than to harm a single hair on the head of a child.”
Well the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church did a lot more than harm a hair on the head of a child. Whom are you going to stand besides? The ones Jesus Christ would stand up for? Or the ones He would toss into the pit of hell for their evils against children?
Frank LaFerriere, Berlin
Diocesan Cases of Albany
[19 offenders identified, 46 listed]
Bentley affair Rev. David G. Bentley (1942-), ordained 1975, was accused of molesting at least three children in Albany in mid-1980s and removed from priestly duties in 1986, but was allowed by Bishop Hubbard to work in Africa and elsewhere outside the diocese until April 2002. Because no new complaints surfaced, the Albany Diocese said, Bishop Hubbard let Bentley serve for the last few years at a parish in Deming, NM, which is part of the Las Cruces Diocese. The priest spoke of his pedophilia in confession in 1974, received therapy in 1978, but the diocese has said it learned of Bentley’s abuse in 1986. He never faced criminal charges, dismissed 28 June 2002.
- Oathout allegation Rev. David Bentley, and 3 other priests, abused Curtis Oathout from age 9-16 years starting in 1973 when he was in the Albany Home for Children as were his two brothers. Oathout, who complained in 1993, had to hire attorney John Aretakis after the diocese refused to help him identify all of his abusers, received a confidential settlement of $150,000 in 1994, followed up by additional payments of $150,000 and $75,000. His two brothers also received settlements.
Bertolucci affair Rev. John Patrick Bertolucci (1938-), ordained 1965, former vice chancellor of the diocese, pastor and faculty member at high schools and colleges, dismissed as a pedophile, 28 June 2002,
- Bertolucci lawsuit Filed October 2002 says Bertolucci abused a man from 1976 to 1979 when plaintiff was 12. Suit filed after Plaintiff said that priest harassed his parents by phone so that they would retract the claims against the priest. Bishop and Diocese dismissed from suit in July 2003; suit against priest dismissed October 2003. Bertolucci admitted sexually abusing teenagers in 1970s but not how many. Active until spring of 2002 and then asked for early retirement. Diocese permanently removed his facilities in June 2002.
Broderick case Rev. John W. Broderick), ordained 1989, arrested February 2008; charged with abusing 4 children (ages 5-11) from one family in 2007 in Nicolville. He was assigned to Syracuse diocese. Privileges removed earlier in 2008 by Syracuse for “incidents unrelated to sexual abuse.” Staying at Holy Name of Jesus Academy when he was arrested. At least 1 more possible victim. He filed suit against accusers November 2008, suit dismissed January 2010. Found guilty of 1 misdemeanor but acquitted on 2 felony charges February 2009. Court vacated conviction April 2009.
Casper affair Rev. Bernard Casper accused of abuse of twin boys.
Cawlings affair Rev. Neil Cawlings, English priest working as extern in Albany diocese in 1970s. Accused in 2003 of ‘improper sexual advances’ in late 1970s with male teen allegedly supplied by Alan Jupin. Suit 7 May 2003 accused Jupin of intimidating complainant and 25 August 2003 suit accused diocese of slandering him. DA investigated intimidation charge at bishop’s request. Suits were dismissed 30 January 2004 without determining validity of abuse charges. Jupin and other accused priests were reinstated.
Celeste affair Rev. Charles R. Celeste, ordained 1980, pastor at Holy Family Parish in Little Falls, Herkimer County was accused of sexually abusing a male student 1984-1987, who attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and later became a monk. Celeste at the time was chaplain to the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, where the victim was a member. He was 18 when he met Celeste, who at the time lived in the rectory of nearby St. Paul the Apostle Church. Lawsuit 11 November 2003. Celeste granted a leave of absence November 2003. He admitted that his conduct was inappropriate and wrong but the plaintiff was legally an adult. He also admitted a relationship with another student at the school in 1980s.
Connolly affair Rev. John F. Connolly, ordained 1964, accused of abuse. Complainants came forward July 2002 and March 2003 to allege abuse as high school students. Finally placed on leave April 2003. Connolly had served as chaplain of diocesan cemeteries and on Priests Retirement board. Classmate and friend of Bishop Hubbard and supervisor of at least two other abusers at Cardinal McCloskey High School. Connolly denied all allegations and requested a canonical trial.
DiPasquale affair Rev. Ralph Di Pasquale (d. 2004), Francisan, ordained 1956, woman filed civil suit in 2004 which alleged abuse by DePasquale at a Schenectady home for troubled teens between 1979-1982. Suit alleged that Order and diocese knew as early as 1976 that DiPasquale had molested children but still allowed him to work with children. He was working as priest in Florida at the time of his December 2004 death.
Douglas affair Rev. Louis E. Douglas (d. 2011), ordained 1958, left Albany’s St. Catherine of Siena in 1992 and moved to Wilmington, Delaware in 1996 after retiring from the Diocese of Albany, NY. Douglas celebrated Masses at St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Elizabeth, Christ Our King and St. Patrick’s churches in Wilmington, Delaware, whenever a priest was sick or otherwise unavailable, was asked by the Diocese of Wilmington not to perform public ministry after learning that a 42-year-old Albany man accused him of sexual abuse 26 years earlier May 2003 (Jupin affair). The plaintiff’s lawyer says the diocese was aware that there was something in his past. Diocese officials admit that they were informed of a complaint but were told it had been investigated and cleared of all wrongdoing. Allegations against Douglas were investigated in the early 1990s by the Diocese of Albany and in 2002 by the Diocesan Misconduct Review Panel, both concluded no sexual abuse occurred. The diocese acknowledged it gave financial assistance and counseling to an individual who made a complaint.
- John Doe accusation Douglas was accused with three other Albany priests of sexually molesting, abusing and preying upon a boy (1961-) when he was under 18 between 1975 and 1979. The Supreme Court lawsuit, which asks for $600,000 in damages, also accuses the 74-year-old priest of molesting other adolescent males both before and after the late 1970s. Most of the abuse occurred at the rectory of St. John the Baptist Church in Schenectady, where Jupin was pastor.
Ethier case Rev. Raymond J. Ethier (1957-), ordained 1985, a priest from Columbia, at St. John Vianney in Churchtown, was arrested by federal authorities and charged with receiving and possessing child pornography, 10 May 2007. Diocese of Albany placed Either on administrative leave. He was sentenced to four years federal prison following his guilty plea to a charge of possession of child pornography, 9 June 2008, Additionally, he was sentenced to 10 years supervised release. He was also ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors; to participate in a sex offender program; and to register with the state sex offender registry program in US Northern District Court in Albany.
Fitzpatrick affair Rev. John F. Fitzpatrick, ordained 1964, was accused of abuseed in 1993 in an anonymous letter to Bishop Hubbard of sexually abusing one child. When confronted, admitted to abusing 3 children and was sent to Paracletes for treatment. Then worked in chancery until 1996, when allegations grew to at least 5, and he was asked to resign. Hubbard, Fitzpatrick, and accused Albany priest John Connolly were seminary classmates.
Garcia affair Angel Garcia, a deacon, was removed from assignment at Church of the Holy Family in Albany in August 2010. Diocese determined that a single recent allegations that he had abused a minor was credible. Allegation dates back to early 1990s befor he trained and was ordained as deacon. Garcia has denied the allegations. Also removed from position as chaplain at the state’s Greene Correctional Facility.
Genevive affair Rev. Frank Genevive (1957-), a Franciscan brother, ordained 1983, was assigned to St. Anthony’s Church in Troy, NY., where Mark Lyman was abused 1977-83, beginning when he was 13. Genevive videotaped hours of sexual misdeeds, took provocative Polaroid snapshots of him as a child and frequently offered him alcohol. Genevive later served at two Cape Cod churches. Genevive resigned from posts at St. Anthony’s Church in Troy and the La Salle Institute in North Greenbush in the 1980s for unknown reasons. In 2004, Franciscan officials said Genevive had been sent to the Mount Alvernia friary in Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County. Genevive is facing four felony counts of child rape involving two victims. One victim was allegedly abused between 1977 and 1980, the other between 1987 and 1989. “Both of them were in their early to mid-teens at the time of the offenses.”
- Mark Lyman accusation “It started when I was 13 right up until just before my 18th birthday,” Lyman said. “It’s significant for me in that I can no longer be referred to as an alleged victim. The people of the commonwealth heard my testimony and came down with three felony charges.” In June 2006, a Massachusetts judge dismissed a $5 million lawsuit Lyman filed against the Albany diocese. The judge backed the diocese’s contention that Genevive was a Franciscan friar and members of that order are not employees of the Albany diocese.
- Genevive lawsuit Genevive had a lawsuit filed against him and the Diocese of Albany, The Franciscan Province of the Immaculate Conception, and Bishop Howard Hubbard by attorney John Aretakis, in Massachusetts Superior Court since the alleged abuse took place when the priest took the 13-year-old youth across state lines. “The statute of limitations are not a bar to these 15 and 20 year old cases as they are in New York State, so we have found a lot of success in pursuing these cases in a state where the actual sexual occurred, which in this case is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” 6 December 2004. The church had known about the complaint for two years.
- Genevieve in Massachusetts Frank Genevieve taught at the former Christopher Columbus High School in Boston’s North End and was an assistant priest at St. Margaret’s Parish in Buzzard’s Bay in the late 1990s.
- Genevive trial Frank Genevieve, who lives in a Franciscan retreat in Wappingers Falls, NY, was charged with abusing two boys between 13 and 16 years old. One boy was raped three times and another boy once at an unnamed rectory in the North End or in Genevieve’s car in downtown Boston, from his Troy, NY, parish on field trips to Massachusetts. He pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and another count of rape and assault, 23 July 2008. Sentenced to 8-10 years in prison (suspended for 5 years).
Gingras affair Rev. Jerome Gingras was accused of sexually abusing the music director of a Rensselaer County church on 21 December 2003, in a lawsuit by John Aretakis, January 2005.
Haight affair Rev. Mark Haight, ordained 1983, history of sexually abusing boys and two confidential settlement agreements that the diocese entered into with his victims. One victim suffered near-daily sexual abuse between the ages of 11 and 17 and he said he could not find a lawyer willing to take his case, until he found attorney John Aretakis in 1996 who negotiated nearly $1 million settlement, even though the statute of limitations had expired and any lawsuit could have been dismissed. Haight’s case also marks the fourth instance that the diocese assigned a pedophile priest to a hospital ministry, in his case at a Glens Falls hospital. Haight left the priesthood in 1997. May be at least 6 more victims.
Heim case Rev. William Heim, a former priest working as a school guidance counselor, was arrested March 2002 on charges of inappropriately touching (sexual contact) on an 11 year old boy for over a year. His last church assignment was 1972. In August 2002 he was sentenced to two years in state prison. In May 2002 he pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his home computer and received a sentence of 5 years probation (this was in another county).
Hubbard affair Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, ordained 1963, accused in 2004 of paying teen for sex twice in 1970s. Bishop denied allegation. He commissioned an investigation to examine this charge, as well as other allegations of sexual misconduct with adult males. The investigation, which did not have access to the complainant, found no credible evidence that Hubbard had violated his vow of celibacy.
Jupin affair Allegation that Rev. Alan D. Jupin and three other priests, the Rev. Louis E. Douglas, of Delaware, the Rev. Donald Ophals and the Rev. Neil Cawlings, who was visiting from England when the alleged abuse occurred, sexually abused a teenager 1975-79 when he was under 18. Most of the abuse occurred at the rectory of St. John the Baptist Church in Schenectady, where Jupin was pastor. Unable to prosecute because of statute of limitations. The lawsuit, which also said the priest contacted the victim in 2002, sought $600,000. Jupin reinstated when review board found no ‘reasonable grounds’ for believing 2 charges. Placed on admin leave March 2011; reinstated November 2011.
- Jupin stalking accusation It is also claimed that Jupin stalked and intimidated his victim in February 2003, threatening to kill himself if the man lodged the complaint, saying “I’m not like all of those priests who go after little children.”
- Sawicki allegations Timothy Sawicki claimed that Rev. Alan Jupin stalked and harassed him to keep him and he further charged Jupin engaged in the activity on behalf of Rev. Donald Ophals, Rev. Louis Douglas and Rev. Michael Hogan, all of whom Sawicki said abused him in the 1970s.
Kelly affair Rev. James E. Kelly (1923-), ordained 1957, chaplain for Father Flanagan’s Boys Town near Omaha, Neb., 1975-1983, where he is accused, along with family counselor Michael Wolf (d. 1990), of sexual abuse at the home for troubled and handicapped youth 1978-79. Kelly was accused of sexual misconduct while working in Rensselaer in the 1980s. Kelly was appointed prison chaplain at three Carson City correctional centers in 1995 until January 2003. Kelly was moved from place to place every few years and there is an allegation that he abused young people in Albany, New York, his home diocese. Five other men have made sex abuse allegations against Kelly and Wolf, but none sued. Bishop Hubbard called Kelly to notify him of his removal on administrative leave, one day after the bishop learned about the new lawsuit filed in Omaha, Neb., 3 February 2003. Kelly adamantly denied the allegations since a diocesan review panel determined the claims against him to be credible.
Klebie affair Rev. John P. Klebie (changed from, Klebauskas) (d. 1981) who ran a church-sponsored overnight summer camp for underprivileged children ages 7 to 14, Camp Scully, on Snyder’s Lake in North Greenbush, 1958-70. He is the subject of sexual abuse allegations by at least 7 victims dating back to 1958. Removed from ministry in the 1970s.
LeFevre affair Rev. Robert J. LeFevre, ordained 1966, pastor of St. Peter’s Church in Saratoga Springs was accused by two brothers who said LeFevre unsuccessfully propositioned them for sex on separate occasions in 1969, while he was a priest at St. Margaret’s parish in Rotterdam Junction. The brothers were 15 and 17 at the time. The diocese’s Sexual Misconduct Review Board rejected the allegations and he “remains a priest in good standing in the Albany Diocese and will remain at his current assignment.”
Leroux affair Rev. Edward Leroux (1930-2005) dismissed 28 June 2002.
- Hesler accusation John Hesler for three decades, silently struggled with the after effects of being sexually abused by the Rev. Edward Leroux, late 1960s. Hesler was an altar boy, lector and a member of the CYO at Guilderland’s St. Madeleine Sophie, where Leroux was serving. He turned to the diocese for help and justice, a quest that began in 1992 after Leroux neglected to answer a 1989 letter. “I have been dutifully working (for years) within the system to ensure that others would not be abused,” he stressed. “But I am reluctantly coming forward to expose what I believe is a still-festering infection in my church…. I believe the community needs to know what is going on with real victims of abuse, not just nameless statistics.”
McDevitt case Rev. James J. McDevitt (1947-), ordained 1997, pastor of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Margaretville, charged with 20 counts connected to the alleged sexual abuse of six males has been served with a civil suit filed by four of the alleged victims. McDevitt turned himself in and pleaded not guilty during an appearance at Middletown Town Court on 16 July 2009.
- McDevitt lawsuit Attorney Michael Jacobs said he filed a civil suit on behalf of the victims in Delaware County Supreme Court. The suit seeks damages from both McDevitt and from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.
- McDevitt trial Rev. James McDevitt pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of forcible touching in connection with the abuse of two boys who were around 11 years old at the time, May 2010.
McMahon affair Rev. Sean McMahon (1934-), ordained 1997, from County Kerry, Ireland, , was ordained there in 1962, began his work in the Diocese of Albany in 1963. He served at parishes in Johnstown, Troy, Whitehall and Schenectady, in addition to his post as associate pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Cairo, Green County, where he served from June 1974 until Bishop Howard Hubbard announced McMahon had been permanently removed ministry on the recommendation of the Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Panel, after he admitted to sexually abusing a child in the 1970s, after the victim contacted the diocese early 2003, announced 13 April 2003.
McNerney affair Rev. James C. McNerney, ordained 1981, was removed from ministry accused of abusing minors. He adamantly denied the allegations since a diocesan review panel determined the claims against him to be credible.
Maher affair Rev. Daniel J. Maher, ordained 1962, was subject to a lawsuit by former altar boy, Thomas Clements alleging he raped him twice during a church retreat in 1973, May 2005. An internal investigation by the diocese found, “no reasonable cause” for the allegations, September 2005.
Mancuso affair Rev. Joseph A. Mancuso (1942-), ordained 1970, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Schenectady, NY, accused of abuse, Placed on leave June 2002 after recent allegations of past sexual abuse. Woman came forward in early 2002 to say that Mancuso abused her in late 1960s beginning when she was 14. Mancuso admitted to “some misconduct.” No criminal prosecution because beyond statute of limitations. Mancuso initially told his parish that he was leaving for short time to undergo surgery but it was announced three weeks later that he had been removed because of the allegation, dismissed 28 June 2002.
Mataconis affair Rev.Richard Mataconis (Richard Matikonas or Philip Mataconis), Salesian, ordained 1970, accused of abuse. Sued in 2002 by two men who accused him of abusing them at a New York junior seminary in the 1970s. Suit dismissed after missed filing deadline. Living in Rome in 2004 and conducting tours of Catacombs of St. Callistus.
Mea affair Rev.John Mea (d. 1984) accused of abuse, dismissed due to statute of limitations. Sued 2003.
Mechanicville priest Young mother, Donna aged 19 who was struggling through a rocky time in her marriage when a priest at a Mechanicville parish in 1984 forced her to have sex about 20 times and for years, she believed the priest had fathered one of her daughters. Bishop Howard Hubbard arranged for the $100,000 payment after she threatened to hire a lawyer or speak out publicly about the priest’s alleged misconduct as part of an agreement that prohibited her from speaking publicly about her alleged sexual abuse, 1999. Reported 28 March 2003.
Mercure case Rev. Gary J. Mercure, ordained in 1975, pastor of Sacred Heart and St. William Parishes in Troy, previously served St. Mary’s Church in Glens Falls, St. Mary’s in Clinton Heights, Our Lady of the Assumption in Latham and St. Teresa of Avila. Mercure had served St. Mary’s and the Queensbury church for about 12 years until leaving St. Mary’s in 1995 for “health reasons,” having left the Queensbury church previously. He was placed on a paid leave of absence February 2008 when allegations of sexual misconduct involving a teenage boy were made when Mercure served as associate pastor of Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish in Queensbury during the 1980s. The diocese’s Sexual Misconduct Review Board investigated the allegation, which was reported to the diocese January 2008.
- Mercure accusations Four more men came forward to accuse Mercure of sexual misconduct more than 25 years ago. Michael Flynn of Clifton Park and Lake George, accused Mercure of engaging in sexual misconduct when Mercure was assigned to St. Teresa of Avila Church of Albany during the 1970s as did another man who did not want to be identified. Two other men who said they wished to remain anonymous also claimed they were abused by Mercure, saying the abuse started when they were 8 years old and continuing until they were 14 or 15. One of the men, now 35, claims that Mercure raped him when he was vacation with the alleged victim’s family in South Carolina.
- Watkins accusation Mercure gave pornographic photos of himself to John Watkins who alleges that the priest manipulated him into a sexual relationship. Watkins filed a lawsuit against Father Gary Mercure, Bishop Howard Hubbard and the Albany Catholic diocese, 23 May 2008.
Miller case Rev. Michael J. Miller (1957-), ordained 1987, last assigned as a prison chaplain at Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Washington County, was arrested 21 August 2001, in a downtown Troy parking lot after police said he approached the 14-year-old boy and pressured him to have sex. Miller underwent residential treatment in 2002 and did not return to ministry in the Albany Diocese and he pleaded guilty to the felony before Judge Patrick McGrath, who sentenced him to five years probation and ordered to stay away from the boy, 17 December 2003.
Nunan affair Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, ordained in Ireland in 1963, Irish pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Cairo, Greene County. Whilst at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson, he is accused by Rev. Mark Jaufman of molesting him as a boy from 1967 to about 1970.
- SNAP accusation 2006 sexual abuse allegations were filed against Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, the priest “absconded to Ireland where he hid until the victim in that case, Father Mark Jaufmann, died and the case was dropped.”
- Jaufmann accusation Rev. Mark Jaufmann (1957-2008), a Californian priest with the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, announced that he was abused by Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, . He was sexually abused by Nunan multiple times over the course of three years starting when he was 9 years old and a parishioner at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. the physical abuse he suffered from Nunan and the emotional abuse at the hands of his own father have caused a lot of the dysfunction in his life. He likened the abuse to the death of a victim’s emotional and spiritual well-being. Nunan took a leave of absence in February 2006 from his work as a priest at Sacred Heart Parish in Cairo and Our Lady of Knock Mission in East Durham. The allegations against him are being investigated by the Independent Mediation Assistance Program, or IMAP, which was created by the Diocese of Albany in 2004 to look into allegations of abuse against young people by current or former priests or deacons in the diocese. Jaufmann, who is represented by local attorney John Aretakis, is suing the Diocese of Albany’s IMAP mediation panel, alleging the agency set up to help victims of clergy sex abuse fraudulently claimed it was independent of the diocese, is seeking $2 million in his federal court action filed on his behalf and that of other unnamed victims. “The leadership of the church has to stand for truth if it is going to have any kind of moral or ethical credibility in this country,” Jaufmann said.
- Additional accusations New suit April 2012 by 2 brothers re abuse as minors led to 2nd removal without privileges. Nunan paid one of the men in 2010-2012 to keep quiet.
Ophals affair Rev. Donald J. Ophals, ordained 1961, accused in 2003 of ‘improper sexual advances’ in late 1970s with male teen allegedly supplied by Rev. Jupin. Suit 7 May 2003 accused Jupin of intimidating complainant and 25 August 2003 suit accused diocese of slandering him. DA investigated intimidation at bishop’s request. Suits dismissed 1/30/04 without deciding validity of charges. Review board found in 2004 no ‘reasonable grounds’ for 2003 allegation, without interviewing complainant. Ophals reinstated. Placed on admin leave March 2011 Reinstated again November 2011.
Pizzutti affair Rev. Lawrence Pizzutti (d. 1970s), Franciscan, accused of abuse by a man who came forward in 2003 to allege abuse for many years by Pizzutti and a 2nd deceased priest. He notified the Albany diocese in c. 2001 and they offered him counseling and $4,000. He refused. Abuse began at age 15. Second man came forward 7/03 to report that he had notified the Diocese in 2002 that Pizzutti had abused him once at age 15. Diocese offered him counseling and in April 2003 they gave him a check for $7,000 to settle his claims without telling him of earlier claim.
Pratt affair Rev. Edward C. Pratt (1944-), ordained 1972, pastor of Corpus Christi in Ushers, NY, accused of abuse, dismissed 28 June 2002.
Puello affair Br. George Puello, Salesian, was accused of abuse in a. seminary, sued.
Purcell affair Rev. Robert H. Purcell, ordained 1972, in March 2011, Diocese removed Purcell, 76, retired pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville, Delaware County, after recent abuse claim dating to 1957, 17 years before his ordination. He has denied the allegation. DA’s office did not pursue criminal charges.
Rodino affair Rev. Salvatore Rodino (1951-) at St. Jude, where he had been since 2005, was placed on administrative leave after a sexual misconduct review board for the Diocese of Albany found “reasonable grounds to believe he sexually abused a minor about 27 years ago.” At the time of the alleged incident, which involved a teenager, Rodino was at Blessed Sacrament parish in Albany. Announced 25 October 2009.
Romano affair Rev.Joseph R. Romano, ordained 1966, accused of abuse in 1998 but authorities found the complaint unfounded. In 2002 and again in 2003 additional complaints were received. Placed on leave February 2003. Civil suit filed October 2005. Requested canonical trial August 2005. He served as a prison chaplain from 1984 to 1999 when he retired and moved to Florida. Romano served as assistant principal at former Cardinal McCloskey High School during mid-1970s and also served as Fire Dept. Chaplain from 1967 to 1984.
Rosch affair Rev. James J. Rosch, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Fort Edward, NY, accused of abuse, dismissed 28 June 2002.
Shinos affair Rev. Robert S. Shinos, ordained 1963, placed on leave March 2004 over allegations of sexual abuse of a boy in 1960s in Albany. Diocese review board says that the accusations were credible. Original accusation received anuary 2004. Shinos had been pastor of same church since 1977. Plaintiff filed a civil suit July 2004 against Albany Diocese and Boston Archdiocese saying he had been abused by Shinos and at least two other priests while he was growing up. He also alleged abuse by another priest as an adult.
Slavin affair Monsignor William M. Slavin (d. 1985), was accused of molestation at Williamstown, Lenox and Great Barrington where the alleged crimes occurred in the 1950s in a lawsuit filed by Edmund Zampier (attorney, John Aretakis), 29 November 2004.
- Zampier accusation Edmund Zampier, (1943) recalled a five-year period from 1959 to 1964 in which he claims he was molested by Slavin and several other priests, who were not named in the suit, who went on to high levels in the diocese. The alleged acts against Zampier occurred in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts and Canada.
Starks affair Rev. Donald Starks (deceased), ordained 1949, in Oct. 2004 man filed suit claiming abuse in 1976 in both Albany and Boston. Man said that he was abused beginning at age 14 by Starks and Fr. Mark Haight at St. Francis de Sales Church in Colonie. Says abuse took place in Albany and Boston areas. 2nd suit filed March 2005 re abuse in same time frame.
Stone case Rev. Carl Stone (d. 2006), ordained 1942, was announced in July 2008 that Albany had placed Stone on leave in 1981 after he pleaded guilty in County Court to sodomy charges stemming from an indictment that alleged sex with two teenage brothers in Colonie. Allegations also made when he worked for Ogdensburg Diocese. Went on to work in Canada until 1985 when Bishop Larocque terminated him after new allegations. Larocque knew of earlier allegations when he hired Stone. Died 11/06.
Urban affair Rev. Carl Urban (1940-)), ordained 1966, pastor of St. Adalbert’s Church in Schenectady, accused Attorney John Aretakis of making false statements about him during a May 2004 speech in which Aretakis said Urban was picked up by police for inappropriate sexual conduct. According to Urban there is no record of this. In response to Urban’s complaint, Aretakis accused him of being one of the most notoriously sexually active priests. Urban says that the allegations made against him by Aretakis are “absolutely false and defamatory”.
- DeSantis accusation Michael DeSantis (1977-) accused of Urban along with four priests — Alan Jupin, 73 (Jupin affair); Louis Douglas, 82 (Douglas affair); Donald Ophals, 77 (Ophals affair); and John Bertolucci, 73 (Bertolucci affair) of sexual abuse in separate incidents at Jupin’s former apartment in Colonie or at Our Lady of Mercy church in Colonie, August 2011.
Wilson affair Rev. Dozia J. Wilson, a black priest, was ordained in the Albany Diocese in 1972, served at Sacred Heart parish in Albany, was arrested in 1976 having been caught molesting two young boys in a local motel room but not prosecuted, instead he was served with an “Ultimatum from police to Bishop Broderick – get him out of Albany.”
- Desire for a change Broderick transferred Wilson to Cardinal Humberto Medeiros of Boston noting the priest “has expressed a desire to work among his own people.” Wilson was later accused of drinking and carousing with boys at the St. Joseph church rectory in Roxbury, including molesting teenage boys who lived with him at the rectory where he was assigned 1976-79. Wilson was then sent to priest treatment centers, then back to Albany. But none of that stopped Cardinal Humberto S. Medeiros and Bishop Thomas V. Daily, then vicar general of the archdiocese, from writing a total of three nearly identical letters of recommendation as Wilson sought to continue in ministry in the dioceses of Richmond, VA, and Tulsa, OK, in 1979, and Medeiros wrote to the US Navy in 1978. “He has expressed to me his desire for a change,” Daily wrote. Wilson returned to Albany in 1979. One victim from age 14 to 19, a basketball player and guitarist, recalled being the vulnerable product of a broken home in 1980. “He said that played into Wilson’s manipulation. He said the priest often plied him with alcohol and marijuana and then fondled him when they practiced music for Sunday liturgies at St. Ann’s Church in his hometown.” Yet it was not until 1997 that Bishop J. Hubbard “first received from a victim an allegation of sexual misconduct by Dozia Wilson,” according to a statement from the diocese. Diocese of Albany, after “extensive mediation,” agreed to pay the victim who was abused for two years from 1976 and occurred in the Archdiocese of Boston, $500,000. “When I look at this case it gets me more angry at Hubbard than Wilson, because Wilson is a sick, sick man and Hubbard knew it, and sent him off to an out-of-the-way church where he wasn’t watched and was able to molest more victims,” said attorney John Aretakis. Wilson was defrocked in 1993, then became spiritual director at St. Christopher’s Inc., an adolescent residential program in Dobbs Ferry, but was fired after being beaten in his apartment by an 18-year-old man he picked up in Manhattan 2003.