Alleged victim interviewed by diocese a month after priest returns to service

Spectrum Local News

July 30, 2018

By Katie Gibas

A priest cleared after accusations of abuse is under investigation a second time a month after returning to service.

A victim was interviewed by diocesan officials Monday, claiming Father Dennis Riter of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Dunkirk abused him years ago.

“You have purportedly the most moral institution in the world acting the most immorally,” said Mitchell Garabedian, attorney for alleged victims of priest abuse.

Garabedian says his client was never interviewed by the diocese during their investigation. He and other attorneys also shared a letter a theology student delivered to the former bishops in 1992 after witnessing the after effects of one of this victim’s alleged encounters with Riter.

A spokesperson for the diocese says they sent two letters to Garabedian so they could interview his client, but say he didn’t respond until after Riter was returned to ministry.

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