Jeff Anderson & Associates
December 3, 2018
[Note: Correction to News Release Regarding Diocese of Syracuse’s Release of 57 Names of Credibly Accused Priests: (Syracuse, New York) – An earlier press release identified a Father Thomas Trane as working at St. Adam’s parish in Oswego, NY. Neither this individual nor this parish exist. These names are fictitious names used in court filings. The true identities of the parties and location of these allegations are unknown.]
Diocese of Syracuse Releases List of 57 Names of Priests Credibly Accused of Child Sexual Abuse
Attorneys, abuse survivors, call on Bp. Cunningham and the New York bishops to release all information and histories on every credibly accused priest
(Syracuse, New York) – Today, the Diocese of Syracuse released a list of names of 57 priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Until today, Bishop Robert J. Cunningham has refused to release the list of names of credibly accused priests. As former Bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg and after working as Chancellor and Vicar General in the Diocese of Buffalo for nearly two decades, Bp. Cunningham stated on Saturday that he had concluded that not releasing the names had become a “roadblock” to the local Church.
“We applaud any time a diocese comes clean with long-held, dangerous secrets, yet this release is still a half measure and not the full truth,” said Attorney Jeff Anderson who represents several sexual abuse survivors in the Diocese of Syracuse and across New York. “We know, in having scrutinized the practices of Bishop Cunningham and his predecessor, that there are more names. The histories and concealment of these offenders, by the officials in the diocese, also needs to be made public. It’s time for the full truth.”
On March 14, 2018 the law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates released a report detailing the names and histories of 19 priests in the Diocese of Syracuse who were accused of sexually abusing minors. One of these priests, Fr. Thomas Trane, was not included in the Diocese’s release today even though Fr. Trane was sued for sexually abusing a child from approximately 1988 to 1989 at St. Adam’s parish in Oswego, NY.
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