Ex-priest Francis Stinner dies, but sex abuse controversy lives on

The Journal News

Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, jfitzgib@lohud.com Aug. 29, 2017

Francis Stinner, a defrocked priest with ties to Somers, Bronxville, Chappaqua and Goshen, died earlier this month at the age of 76.

But the sexual abuse controversy that has long surrounded him did not die with him.

At least three new claims of sexual abuse have been filed against the former Catholic priest and teacher through the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, or IRCP, a special compensation program set up by the Archdiocese of New York.

Stinner, who was defrocked, or “laicized,” in 2005, had already been linked to as many as 10 cases of sexual abuse of children dating to the 1980s.

“We are representing additional survivors of Father Stinner who either have submitted or will be submitting claims in Phase II of the IRCP,” said J. Michael Reck, an attorney who represents victims of sexual abuse by clergy. “It’s unfortunate there was never a judicial proceeding to determine justice for the survivors prior to his death.”

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