Sex abuse victims’ advocates call on Diocese of Rockville Centre to remove priest accused of rape

By Krista Mcnally
Fios 1
May 06, 2016

[with video]

Two members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, also referred to as SNAP, stood in front of the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Friday to call on Bishop Murphy and New York State to take several steps to protect sexual abuse victims.

This comes on the heels of a second case alleging sexual abuse is brought against St. Francis of Assisi Church and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre.

The first case involves a female victim that was allegedly raped by Father Gregory Yacyshyn at the age of 8, just a few weeks before her First Communion. That case is still being litigated.

The second case was recently brought by a man who alleges that at the age of five he was sexually abused by Father Yacyshyn at St. Francis of Assisi as well.

"...Father Greg be removed immediately, he is a danger to children,” said Gail Howard of SNAP. “That the names of credibly accused priests for the diocese of Rockville be posted on their website, and that legislators move forward in removing the statute of limitations in New York."

The lawyer representing Father Gregory Yacyshyn released a statement on this that reads:

"Father Yacyshyn has always and continues to deny any and all allegations of wrongdoing... It is outrageous and irresponsible for an organization (SNAP) to continue to target an innocent man to the point of harassment... Father Yacyshyn will have legal remedies to counter and quash these scurrilous accusations."

Yacyshyn is currently a priest at St. Jude in Mastic Beach. He was also at St. Patrick’s in Bay Shore from 2004 to 2007, and served at St. Francis from 1999 to 2003 when the alleged abuse took place.

Sean Dolan, a spokesperson for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, said:

"Whenever there is a credible accusation the Diocese removes the priest pending an investigation... The Diocese has fully cooperated with law enforcement authorities with respect to both sets of allegations and we will continue to do so."



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