4 new sex-abuse suits filed against Monsignor Paddack; 1 from time as Farrell principal


July 29, 2020

By Maura Grunlund

A new lawsuit claims that Monsignor John Paddack sexually abused a boy at Monsignor Farrell High School in the early 2000s.

The former principal of the all-boys school in Oakwood was named in four new lawsuits filed Wednesday in Manhattan state Supreme Court by Jeff Anderson & Associates under the New York Child Victim’s Act.

“These lawsuits demonstrate Paddack’s pattern of predation: In each instance, exploiting his clerical power to abuse children,” said attorney Jeff Anderson. His firm has filed numerous lawsuits alleging sex-abuse by clergy.

The Archdiocese of New York and Farrell are defendants in the lawsuit, which names the monsignor, who was principal at the high school from 2002 until 2010.

“From approximately 2002 to 2003, when Plaintiff was approximately 14 to 15 years old, Msgr. Paddack engaged in unpermitted sexual contact with Plaintiff in violation of at least one section of New York Penal Law Article 130 and/or § 263.05, or a predecessor statute that prohibited such conduct at the time of the abuse,” the lawsuit alleges. “Plaintiff’s relationship to Defendants and Msgr. Paddack, as a vulnerable child, student, and participant in church activities, was one in which Plaintiff was subject to the ongoing influence of Defendants and Msgr. Paddack.”

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