3 File Lawsuit Against Late Bishop McGann Alleging Sexual Assault


October 23, 2019

By Alex Costello

They also named others in the lawsuit, claiming they were abused as children in the 1960s.

Two women and a man have filed a lawsuit today against the late Bishop John McGann, accusing him of sexually assaulting them when they were children, before he was the leader of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the three by attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who has made a career of suing the Catholic church for sexual abuse of children. Garabedian filed the lawsuits today under the New York State Child Victims Act, according to Newsday, which created a one-year window for past victims of sexual abuse to file suit against their abusers, even though the original statute of limitations passed.

Garabedian originally announced his intent to file lawsuits in February. Today, he named the three who were filing the charges: Sheryn Silvestre, 64, of Thurman, New York; Joanne Jack, 63, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; and her brother, Alexander Jack Jr., 66, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Newsday reported.

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