New Jersey Lawsuit Claims Allentown Diocese Covered Up 30 Years of Sexual Abuse

Posted on: April 17, 2020 Catholic Church Sexual Abuse

Allentown Diocese failed to protect victim of abuseA lawsuit filed in New Jersey by a former Diocese of Allentown altar boy claims that the diocese failed to protect him as he was sexually abused for decades. The $50 million suit contends diocese officials turned their backs on the victim and failed to protect him from the abuse even after knowing his abuser was a pedophile.

Reverend Robert G Cofenas was known to be a pedophile by several church officials. However, rather than taking action and removing him from his churchly duties they allowed him to continue sexually abusing children.

The victim, who is now 56 years old, suffers from severe psychological issues from years of sexual abuse. His attorney filed the suit in New Jersey because of the state’s new legislation which passed in 2019 aimed at helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The new law opens a two-year window in New Jersey for survivors of sexual abuse to file a claim; helping those who may have been previously been barred by the statute of limitations.

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