Another priest with local ties placed on leave after allegations of abuse

The Daily News


MAY 1, 2018

BATAVIA — Another priest who once served in Batavia has been placed on leave after allegations of sexual abuse were made to the Diocese of Buffalo.

The Rev. Samuel J. Venne, who once served at St. Anthony’s Church, was placed on administrative leave after Bishop Richard J. Malone received an abuse complaint,” the diocese announced on its website last week. Venne is believed to have been with St. Anthony’s in the 1970s. He also served as a chaplain and scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts.

The diocese and Malone also placed Rev. Arthur Smith on leave as an investigation continues.

Venne is a retired priest who still serves at St. Stephen’s Parish in Grand Island. Smith serves at Blessed Mother of Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Depew.

“In both cases, please note that this administrative leave is for the purpose of investigation and does not imply any determination as to the truth or falsity of the complaint,” Malone wrote on the website.

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