The Wolf in Priest’s Clothing: Victim of former Niagara Catholic priests sues diocese for $5.2 million

Catholic diocese was told of Grecco’s sex abuse, alleges victi

The St. Catharines Standard

Nov. 5, 2019

By Grant LaFleche

Niagara Catholic diocese knew a serial sex abuser was among its ranks of priests but did nothing about it, alleges one of the man’s victims in a lawsuit against the church.

In a statement of claim filed in a St. Catharines court in May, William O’Sullivan says the Diocese of St. Catharines — which governs Catholic churches and priests in Niagara — was told now ex-priest Donald Grecco had sexually abused a child, but did nothing to protect them.

“(The diocese) failed to remove Grecco from his duties upon learning of the allegations of sexual and other inappropriate conduct thereby leaving the plaintiff exposed to Grecco and his actions without protection,” says O’Sullivan’s statement of claim, which also alleges the diocese failed to investigate Grecco’s actions once it was made “fully away of his shortcomings in an effort locate and assist any victims.”

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