Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States

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Adam 1968 P Accused Diocesan Assigned 1969-94 to Holy Cross parish and school in Maspeth, Queens. In 9/17 former Holy Cross teacher stated publicly she reported to the school's principal in 1990 that Prochaski was abusing girls who were her students and that the principal laughed at her in response. She said she later told new principal, and the diocese was informed, but not much done. Per diocese, first allegations reported to diocese 1994; Prochaski "left priesthood" soon after, but still listed in Directory through 2002 as absent on sick leave and absent on leave. By 11/20/17 34 former students had come forward, one a male. Abuse allegedly 1972-94, of children ages 5-16. Many were polish immigrants, brought to the U.S. with Prochaski's help. The former teacher said she'd heard from hundreds of former students that Prochaski abused them. No prosecution due to NY statute of limitations. Settlement 10/17 as part of the diocese's compensation fund. On diocese's list in 2/19. Brooklyn, NY Source:
CBS New York 09.26.17; New York Daily News 09.26.17; The Gothamist 09.26.17; New York Daily News 09.27.17; Queens Courier 09.27.17; Spectrum News NY1 09.27.17; New York Daily News 09.28.17; Queens Chronicle 10.05.17; Queens Times Ledger 10.06.17; New York Daily News 10.09.17; WCBS-880 (CBS Radio) 10.10.17; New York Times 10.11.17; ABC7 Eyewitness News 10.25.17; New York Daily News 11.20.17; New York Daily News 11.21.17; QNS 12.19.17; New York Daily News 09.26.18; Queens Courier 02.19.19; Diocese of Brooklyn List 02.22.19
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