Former pastor of Jamestown church named in 2 lawsuits

The Observer

July 30, 2020

By Eric Tichy

A former pastor at a Jamestown church, who for years advocated against pornography and the need to uphold obscenity guidelines in literature, was named in two Child Victims Act lawsuits filed Wednesday in state Supreme Court in Chautauqua County.

The lawsuits both claim the Rev. Ralph P. Federico, who died in 2007, abused male victims while serving at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Jamestown. A similar accusation has been made against Federico while he served as pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii in Depew.

The 15- and 17-page lawsuits list the plaintiffs as “AB 192 Doe” and “AB 193 Doe,” respectively, and name St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, currently SS Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church in Jamesotwn, as defendants.

The victims are being represented by Jeff Anderson & Associates in New York City and attorney Stephen Boyd in Williamsville.

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