More child sex abuse lawsuits being filed against Diocese of Rochester


August 29, 2019

Three more lawsuits are being filed in Monroe County on Thursday – two of which are against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester – on behalf of child sex abuse victims.

The lawsuits are being filed under the Child Victims Act, which was signed into law earlier this year. The law allows victims to file lawsuits within a one-year window, regardless of when the alleged abuse took place.

Attorney Dan Ellis will discuss the lawsuits and the allegations against the institution at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Nearly 50 cases have been filed in Monroe County alone since the one-year time period began on August 14.

Many of the victims in Monroe County allege abuse by clergy with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, spanning nearly four decades from 1959 until 1996. The diocese serves 12 counties in the Rochester area, including Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Steuben, Ontario, Seneca, Cayuga, Tompkins, Schuyler, Chemung, Tioga, and Yates counties.

“As we have indicated in recent statements, the Diocese is reserving comment on lawsuits out of respect for the legal process and the complainants,” said Doug Mandelaro, Director of the Office of Stewardship & Communications for the Diocese of Rochester.

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