Ex-Erie priest names priest he says abused him


March 23, 2018

By Ed Palattella

The accused priest is now deceased. The former priest now lives in Buffalo and said the abuse occurred when he was a teenager in Erie in the 1980s.

A former Erie priest pressed earlier this week for the Diocese of Buffalo to release the names of accused clergy.

He has now decided to name the Erie priest he said abused him as a teenager in the 1980s.

The former priest, James Faluszczak, 48, identified his abuser as Monsignor Daniel J. Martin, a former pastor of St. George Church in Millcreek Township who died at 88 in 2006.

Faluszczak said that Martin molested him when Faluszczak was 16 to 19 years old. He said the abuse occurred at St. George and at Mt. Calvary Church and then at Mercyhurst College, now Mercyhurst University, where Faluszczak said Martin was living at the time.

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