Dunkirk priest on leave amid investigation into abuse complaint

The Buffalo News

March 26, 2018

By Jay Tokasz

The pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Dunkirk was placed on leave Monday after the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo received a complaint of alleged abuse.

Bishop Richard J. Malone wrote an open letter to parishioners stating that the Rev. Dennis G. Riter was placed on “administrative leave” pending an investigation into the complaint.

“Please note that this leave is for investigation purposes only and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint,” Malone said in the letter. “Please pray for Father Riter and for this investigation. Of course, we continue to pray for all victims of abuse.”

The bishop’s acknowledgement of the complaint against Riter follows weeks of intense focus on how the Buffalo diocese handles clergy sex abuse allegations and the release by the diocese last week of the names of 42 priests identified as having had credible allegations of abuse against them.

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