Schenectady priest accused of child sex abuse dead at 91

Times Union

September 25, 2019

By Cayla Harris

Francis P. Melfe, the former Schenectady priest targeted in multiple child sex abuse claims, died Friday. He was 91.

A private service was held Tuesday morning at Cannon Funeral Home, followed by a burial at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Albany. About a dozen people attended the interment, a brief Catholic ceremony held at the far end of the cemetery.

Melfe, who resigned from the priesthood in 1979, has been at the center of multiple accusations of child sex abuse lodged against the Albany Diocese in recent months, as New York’s recently enacted Child Victims Act has allowed survivors of all ages to sue their alleged offenders.

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