WNYers want Pope to investigate sex abuse claims


BUFFALO, NY– Two Western New Yorkers are calling on Pope Francis to investigate allegations of sexual abuse in the Buffalo Diocese.

Vanessa DeRosa says she was a teenager at a WNY catholic school when she was sexually abused and harassed by a male teacher. She says when she reported it to school officials, nothing was done.

Antonio (Tino) Flores says his abuse began in 1973, when he was 10 years old. He says a priest from the Catholic Church sexually abuse him for several years, leading him to deal with depression, illness and panic disorders.

Attorneys representing DeRosa and Flores say both instances, the alleged abusers worked for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

This past November, the Pope began an investigation of the Catholic Diocese in Spain for similar reasons.

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