Dunkirk priest under investigation for abuse again


July 30, 2018

By Evan Anstey and Chris Horvatits

A Diocese of Buffalo priest cleared of abuse allegations earlier this year is under investigation once again.

Rev. Dennis Riter currently serves at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Dunkirk. On Monday, a man who claims he was abused by Riter in the early 1990s sat down with a Church investigator. The alleged abuse occurred while Riter was serving at Queen of All Saints Parish in Lackawanna.

Diocesan officials say despite the investigation, Riter is still active, and has not been placed on administrative leave. He was placed on leave during the first investigation, before those allegations were deemed unsubstantiated.

The alleged victim in this case is represented by attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who was depicted in the film Spotlight, which chronicled abuse investigations involving priests in the Archdiocese of Boston.

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