Plaintiff: N.Y. Priest Molested Me in Mass

By Jessica Heslam
Boston Herald [Boston MA]
December 7, 2004

A New York man has filed a $5 million lawsuit against church officials, claiming he was molested as a boy by a priest during trips to the Bay State.

"A significant amount of the abuse occurred in Boston," said John Aretakis, an attorney for the alleged 40-year-old victim, Mark Lyman of Stillwater.

Lyman claims he was sexually abused for nearly five years in the late 1970s and early 1980s by Frank Genevive, a priest whom he met when Genevive was a Franciscan brother assigned to St. Anthony's Church in Troy, N.Y.

Lyman, who has filed a civil suit in Suffolk Superior Court, said he was 13 when the abuse began.

In an interview yesterday, Lyman said he had visited Boston about six times with Genevive, who took him on weekend and weeklong trips.

Lyman said Genevive took him to Lowell and Fall River. He said Genevive had worked at Christopher Columbus High School in the North End, which Lyman claims he was taken to and abused by another church official.

"He became very close to my mother. He got in close with my family," said Lyman, who said he came from a broken home.

Lyman, a father of four, also claims Genevive took pornographic photos and videotapes of him.

"After a while, you begin to question whether or not this is normal,"said Lyman.

Genevive, reached at a friary in Wappingers Falls by The Associated Press, had no comment on the lawsuit.


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