Child-molesting victim prompted Syracuse diocese’s cooperation with DAs


By John O’Brien |
on October 28, 2015

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — A man who says he survived child-molesting at the hands of a priest prompted prosecutors to ask the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse to turn over all cases of suspected pedophile clergy.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick revealed today that his office heard from the survivor about a year ago, leading to today’s announcement about a new written agreement between the diocese and seven district attorneys.

Bishop Robert Cunningham and the seven district attorneys in the diocese announced at a news conference that the diocese signed an agreement to report all accusations of pedophile priests to the prosecutors.

The survivor contacted Fitzpatrick’s office from another state about a year ago.

“After dialogue with him, I contacted my colleagues,” Fitzpatrick said, referring to the other DAs. “We began the process of discussing this with the diocese as to how we could formalize some of the agreements that we have had verbally discussed in the past.”

Fitzpatrick said he couldn’t release the name of the survivor without that man’s permission.

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