Child Victims Act lawsuit charges award-winning counselor with sex abuse, baseball bat attack

WHEC News 10 NBC

August 29, 2019

The New York State Child Victims Act has brought three new lawsuits alleging sexual abuse in Rochester and Dansville decades ago.

Each lawsuit names the Catholic diocese of Rochester as a defendant.

But one also accuses an award-winning counselor, not a priest, who has never been named publicly before.

The allegations are against a priest, Father Austin Hanna who died in 2006 at the age of 97 and a counselor at the former Wellington Group Home in Rochester. The home was run by DePaul, which is named as a defendant.

The lawsuit says the counselor still works at DePaul in a senior role and now he is now publicly named as doing something criminal in the ’70s.

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