Catholic Diocese report offers vindication for Falls priest accuser

Niagara Gazette

March 24, 2018

By Rick Pfeiffer and Philip Gambini

REPORT: More than 15 years after going public, Catholic Diocese links former pastor to abuse.

For decades, no one but his fellow victims would believe or admit what happened to Nick D’Amico was true.

But now, more than 15 years after he first publicly revealed his alleged sexual abuse at the hands of a priest from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, D’Amico has found vindication.

On a list of priests that the diocese admits “were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor” is the name of the man D’Amico says abused him, Father Richard P. Judd. The revelation has only increased what D’Amico called his “outrage.”

“It’s outrage that it’s taken this long for the truth to come out,” D’Amico said. “It’s outrage (that) when I accused them of this 15 years ago, they called me a liar. And now they want to make amends? They swept it under the rug for six decades.”

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