Buffalo Diocesan priest accused of sexual abuse reinstated

Spectrum News

July 1, 2018

By Kevin Jolly

Dunkirk, N.Y. – Three months after being out on administrative leave following allegations of sexually abusing at least three boys, Father Dennis Riter was back at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Dunkirk celebrating mass Sunday.

Parishioner Maria Kuschel was outside to welcome him back.

“I feel very happy. The parishioners are all welcoming him back and I think we had him away for too long already and he’s a good pastor, a wonderful pastor, and he’s done nothing wrong whatsoever,” said Kuschel.

Buffalo Catholic Diocese Spokesperson George Richert says Riter was reinstated following an investigation.

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