Lawsuit accuses Brooklyn bishop of sex abuse in Jersey City decades ago

The Record and

February 22, 2021

By Abbott Koloff

One of two men who have accused Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of sexually abusing them as children in Jersey City decades ago has filed a lawsuit based on allegations that he made public last year.

The suit, filed last week in New Jersey Superior Court, alleges that DiMarzio sexually abused the man repeatedly when he was a 6-year-old boy at Holy Rosary parish in 1979 and 1980. The accuser, Samier Tadros, who lives in Florida, went public with the allegation in 2020, months after another man publicly alleged that he had been abused by DiMarzio at another Jersey City parish in the 1970s.

The bishop has in the past denied the allegations by both men. On Monday, his attorney, Joseph Hayden, issued a statement saying DiMarzio had passed a lie detector test.

“The allegations in the lawsuit against Bishop DiMarzio never happened,” Hayden said in the statement.

He said DiMarzio agreed to take a lie detector test after a letter alleging abuse was sent to the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark in March 2020. That letter had been sent by Tadros and his attorney. The bishop’s “categorical denial of the claim was found to be truthful by an independent retired law-enforcement polygrapher of national stature,” Hayden said in the statement.

The statement addressed only the allegation in the lawsuit. Hayden said in a subsequent email that DiMarzio was also asked during the lie detector test about allegations made by the other accuser. “He categorically denied both allegations and he was found to be truthful as to both answers,” Hayden said.

Both accusers are represented by Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston attorney, who said he anticipates filing a second lawsuit “in the near future.” The attorney said in an email that lie detector tests are “unscientific and therefore unreliable. The results of it would not be admissible in court.”

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