Bishop’s former assistant talks about decision to share confidential documents

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October 30, 2018

By Michael Mroziak

The woman who formerly worked as the executive assistant to Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Malone stood on a sidewalk across the street from her former workplace Tuesday morning, explaining her decision to secretly share private diocesan documents regarding clergy linked to alleged sexual misconduct. It was Siobhan O’Connor’s first local appearance since her story aired on national news programs including CBS’s 60 Minutes.

O’Connor worked directly under Bishop Malone in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo’s headquarters on Main Street from 2015 until August of this year, when she resigned her position. Before leaving her job, she had secretly gathered copies of confidential documents regarding the church’s sex abuse scandal and forwarded them to WKBW-TV investigative reporter Charlie Specht. She later appeared on 60 Minutes and interviewed with other national news outlets.

After being introduced in Buffalo by other speakers, including her attorney, O’Connor opened her own remarks with a prayer. She then pointed to her former employer’s offices across the street, noting that a fourth floor conference room window provided an unobstructed view of the corner where she was now standing. It’s the same corner where others, starting with Michael Whalen in February 2018, shared tales of sexual abuse by clergy.

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