More Than 80 Clergy Members Named in Sexual Abuse Report

Posted on: May 28, 2019 Catholic Church Sexual Abuse

Catholic Church Sexual Abuse 1Three sexual abuse survivors from the Albany, NY area testified in court recently that they were abused by more than 80 clergy members from the Albany Diocese. One woman testified that she was raped and exploited by a man who was a teacher and counselor at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady, NY.

Mark Lyman, another sexual abuse survivor that testified, said “Many of us were told when we were being abused that we were the only one. My reason for being here is to protect children and to make sure that what happened to me as a child doesn’t happen to another child here in New York State.” Mr. Lyman has spoken out more than once about the abuse he suffered as a child growing up at his church in Troy, NY.

Attorney Cynthia LaFave also spoke out to other sexual abuse survivors, “If you were affected by these men…anywhere in this region, I encourage you to come forward.”

A partial list of those accused can be found below. Note those listed have either been convicted of a crime, charged for a crime or named in a lawsuit.

  • Fr David G. Bentley
  • Fr. John Patrick Bertolucci
  • Fr. Donald Bolton
  • Br. Fidelis (Francis) DeBerardinis
  • Fr. Louis E. Douglas
  • Fr. John H. Duggan (admission)
  • Fr. Raymond J. Ethier
  • Fr. John J. Gallagher
  • Deacon Angel Garcia
  • Fr. Frank M. Genevive
  • Fr. Mark Haight
  • Fr. William J. Heim
  • Fr. James E. Kelly
  • Fr. Edward N. Leroux
  • Fr. Daniel J. Mahar
  • Fr. Richard (Philip) Mataconis (Matikonas)
  • Fr. Peter McCormick (admission)
  • Fr. James J. McDevitt
  • Fr. Neil P. McLaughlin
  • Fr. John B. Mea
  • Fr. Gary J. Mercure
  • Fr. Michael J. (F.) Miller
  • Fr. Jeremiah Nunan
  • Fr. Donald J. Ophals
  • Br. George Puello
  • Fr. Joseph R. Romano
  • Fr. Michael P. Santillo
  • Msgr. William M. Slavin
  • Fr. Donald Starks
  • Fr. James (Michael) Taylor
  • Fr. Dozia J. Wilson

The entire article can be viewed here.

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