Two ask Pope Francis to investigate how Buffalo diocese handled sex abuse claims

Buffalo News

By James Staas | News Staff Reporter
on January 27, 2015

A Buffalo man who says he was sexually abused by a priest 40 years ago when he was a boy and a Niagara Falls woman who says a male lay teacher abused her 12 years ago when she was a student at a Catholic middle school have asked Pope Francis to investigate how the Diocese of Buffalo handles such complaints.

Attorneys for Antonio “Tino” Flores and Vanessa DeRosa said the Vatican on Monday received their request for an investigation into their cases and others.

They also are seeking to meet with the pope during his September visit to the United States.

“We’re hopeful this action will assist both Vanessa and Tino to receive some emotional closure in their troubled lives,” Diane Tiveron, one of their attorneys, said at a news conference Tuesday at the HoganWillig law offices in Amherst.

Flores, 50, and DeRosa, 24, are seeking a papal investigation because the statute of limitations has expired, meaning they cannot sue the diocese, according to their attorneys.

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