More Accusations of Clergy Sex Abuse and Cover-up After 2 More CVA Lawsuits Filed

Spectrum News

January 2, 2020

By Mark Goshgarian

Clergy abuse survivor and advocate turned investigator James Faluszczak and Niagara Falls attorney Paul Barr filed two Child Victims Act lawsuits Thursday.

“Two separate clients, two separate instances of abuse,” said Faluszczak.

The first suit against the Diocese of Buffalo alleges the late Father Gerard Smyczynski abused their client in the early ‘80s.

It states now-former auxiliary bishop of Buffalo, Donald Trautman, covered up the abuse, paid off the victim, and expedited an annulment for his parents.

“Bishop Trautman never called the police. He never called the district attorney. As a result, this priest was permitted to go on and abuse at least another child,” said Barr.

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