Fifth child sex abuse claim filed against former Bishop Howard Hubbard

Albany Times-Union

August 12, 2020

By Brendan Lyons

A fifth lawsuit accusing former Albany Roman Catholic Diocese Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of child sexual abuse was filed this week in state Supreme Court in Albany.

The lawsuit also alleges a second priest, Cabell B. Marbury, also sexually abused the boy. The case was filed on behalf of a 55-year-old South Carolina man who alleges he was 10 when Hubbard sexually abused him in 1975. The lawsuit claims the boy became ill during a church-sponsored bus trip to West Point and Hubbard, who was on the trip, brought him back to the empty bus and sexually molested him.

The complaint alleges Hubbard also sexually abused the boy in 1974 and 1976 at his family’s church, then-St. James on Delaware Avenue in Albany. The church is now named St. Francis of Assisi.

“During this time period, altar boys, including plaintiff, were directed to bring brandy from a wet bar located behind the altar to a reading room located behind the altar,” the complaint states. “On multiple occasions, plaintiff served Hubbard in the reading room at which time, Hubbard had plaintiff sit on Hubbard’s lap which was followed by inappropriate touching and ultimately anal sex.”

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