Child Victims Act lawsuit outlines new sex abuse accusations against former Avon priest

Livingston County News

August 14, 2020

By Matt Leader

Another person has come forward with accusations that former Catholic priest Joseph E. Larrabee sexually abused him when he was a child.

The victim, whose name the County News is withholding to protect his privacy, is now in his 50s. In a civil complaint filed late last this month in Livingston County Supreme Court, he accused of Larrabee of sexually abusing him “on at least four occasions” in 1982 and 1983 when he was between the ages of 12 and 14. According to the filing, the abuse occurred in the St. Agnes rectory.

The alleged victim and his family were parishioners at the time the abuse occurred. He attended St. Agnes School and was an alter boy at St. Agnes Church, according to the filing.

Larrabee’s latest alleged victim is being represented by Simmons Hanly Conroy, a law firm in New York City, and the Law Office of Mitchell Garabedian, which is based in Boston. Garabedian is also representing eight other alleged victims of Larrabee in eight separate Child Victims Act suits filed in Livingston and Monroe counties since February 2020.

“The alleged sexual abuse of the nine victims spanned a period of approximately 1982 to 1993 when the victims were approximately 12 to 21 years old. The sexual abuse victims were all minors when the sexual abuse by Fr. Joseph E. Larrabee began,” said Garabedian in a statement to the County News. “The victims are now approximately 44 to 54 years old. Some victims allege that they were sexually abused by Fr. Larrabee multiple times over the course of years. Fr. Joseph E. Larrabee was assigned to either St. John The Evangelist Church in Rochester, Church of the Good Shepard in Henrietta, or St. Agnes Church in Avon at the time of the sexual abuse.”

Note: This is an Abuse Tracker excerpt. Click the title to view the full text of the original article. If the original article is no longer available, see our News Archive.