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Old 07-15-2019, 04:46 PM
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Lawyer for abuse victims demands New York Archdiocese release ‘predator priest’ data
By Allie Griffin and Natalie O'Neill
July 15, 2019 | 2:47pm

A lawyer representing childhood victims of alleged sex abuse on Monday demanded the Archdioceses of New York release “secret files” on “predator priests” — before a one-year statute of limitations rule expires.

“We’re launching a petition today to demand that the Church of New York, all the Catholic Dioceses, release their secret files that contain important information on predator priests,” said Jeff Herman, an attorney representing the victims in a class action lawsuit against the archdiocese.

In the yet-to-be released documents, more than 500 priests have been identified as child abusers, Herman said.

“That’s the tip of the iceberg,” he proclaimed. “There’s probably over a thousand priests there may be files on.”

It’s important that the archdioceses move swiftly in releasing the files due to the New York Child Victims Act, which recently created a one-year window allowing victims of sex abuse to file civil suits without dealing with state statute of limitations rules.

“It’s important so that they can evaluate and learn whether or not they can file claims and finally seek justice under this new law,” he said.

In April, the Archdiocese of New York released a list of 120 clergy who it said have been “credibly accused” of sexually abusing a minor.

But the new files don’t include those clergy members, Herman said.

Along with Herman, one alleged victim and other advocates gathered at the Archdiocese of New York on First Avenue and 56th Street to launch the petition Monday.

“I’m a survivor,” said one 65-year-old victim, Brian Toale. “It took a long time to get past the denial stage, 20 years before I dealt with it and then another 25 years of recovery before I could disclose [it].”

The petition notes, “These files contain important information for victims of clergy sexual abuse which will help victims determine whether they can file a claim under the New York Child Victims Act.
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Catholic priests kept their jobs despite sexual abuse claims: suit
By Priscilla DeGregory and Kenneth Garger
July 15, 2019 | 10:18pm | Updated

Two Catholic priests accused of sexually assaulting minors were allowed to remain active at their churches, despite the archdiocese being made aware of their alleged behavior, according to a new lawsuit.

Church officials either concealed or misrepresented the sexually abusive histories of Father Donald Timone and Monsignor John Paddack, according to the suit against the Archdiocese of New York filed Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Timone was accused of sexually abusing the late husband of one of the suit’s plaintiffs when he was in his teens from 1966 to 1970, according to court papers.

The victim, who committed suicide in 2015, reported the alleged abuse to the archdiocese in 2003, prompting the church to temporarily suspend Timone during an internal investigation.

Timone was eventually allowed back to work.

In 2017, the wife of the alleged victim received a settlement from the archdiocese after formally filing a sexual abuse claim against Timone on behalf of her late husband.

Despite the payout, the archdiocese vouched for Timone, writing in a December 2018 letter to the Diocese of San Diego that he hasn’t been the target of sexual abuse claims, according to the suit.

Later that month, however, Timone was suspended after the San Diego church learned of his accusations from a news report.

Paddack is accused of sexually abusing one of the suit’s plaintiffs in the early 2000s, the suit says.

The archdiocese received another report of abuse against Paddack in 2014, but it kept the accusations secret and Paddack was able to continue working at the Church of Notre Dame, the suit alleges.

In a statement, the archdiocese said, “The allegations against Fr. Timone and Fr. Paddack were shared with law enforcement, and both are currently out of ministry while the archdiocese investigates these new allegations against them.”

It added, “The earlier claims against them were carefully investigated and reviewed, and were found not to be substantiated.”
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