Yonkers Franciscan Monk Pleads Guilty in Abuse of 4 Boys

By Shawn Cohen and Rebecca Baker
The Journal News
March 21, 2008

YONKERS - A Yonkers monk has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing four boys from the same family last year, authorities said yesterday.

Dominick Bokulich, 34, also known as Brother Leopold, was living at St. Felix Friary at 15 Trinity Plaza in Yonkers at the time of the incidents, which took place during 2006 and 2007, Yonkers police said.

Bokulich, a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal who is originally from Sullivan County, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree sexual abuse and course of sexual conduct, felonies, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, misdemeanors, before Westchester County judge Jeffrey A. Cohen.

Yonkers police detectives received a tip in October from the Westchester District Attorney's Office that Bokulich had sexually abused three boys who live in Yonkers. The abuse allegedly occurred at a residence in Yonkers and in areas outside Westchester.

He was arrested Oct. 12. He is due to be sentenced on June 10.


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