Accused Falls priest named in Child Victims Act suit

Lockport Journal

September 1, 2019

COURTS: Allegations involve Father Richard Judd and three teenage boys.

A priest previously accused of sexual abuse was named in a recent Child Victims Act suit, accusing him of forcing three teenage boys to have group sex with an older girl in the rectory of St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church.

The plaintiff claims Father Richard C. Judd began to “groom” him and other boys shortly upon his arrival at St. Theresa’s, on Macklem Avenue in Niagara Falls, taking the teenager to Sabres games and giving him alcohol and cigarettes.

Judd allegedly plied the accuser and two other teenage boys with alcohol for hours in the rectory at St. Theresa’s Feb. 23, 1975, and then brought over an older girl to join them. Judd instructed the plaintiff, who was 15, to have sex with the girl, according to the suit. Judd also allegedly tried to perform a non-consensual sex act on the plaintiff and watched him have sex with the girl, without the plaintiff’s knowledge or consent.

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