Summary of Case: Ordained for the Syracuse diocese in 1965, Felix R. Colosimo worked as an assistant priest in Rome, Syracuse, Norwich and Utica, New York, before being named pastor in a Holland Patent parish in 1981. That pastorship was followed in 1987 by another in Utica and, in 1998, he was assigned as pastor to a parish in New Hartford.
In December 2013 a man reported to the diocese that Colosimo had sexually abused him beginning when the man was four years-old in the late 1970s, and continuing until the man was in his mid-teens. The diocese deemed the allegations ‘credible,’ and Colosimo was quietly removed from active ministry in July 2014. His accuser filed a lawsuit in June 2017 in Connecticut, having been unable to do so in New York due to the statute of limitations. According to the lawsuit, Colosimo abused the boy in Connecticut during trips there, when the boy was ages 12-15. Further, Colosimo allegedly abused him with another boy in a Connecticut hotel in the fall of 1987, which Colosimo videotaped. The alleged victim said he provided the diocese with a tape of the two boys shirtless in a hotel room. The other boy reportedly committed suicide years later. Colosimo is said to also have sexually abused his accuser during trips throughout the years to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
Colosimo denied the allegations.
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