Fr. Bernard A. Garstka

Ordained: 1948
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Syracuse NY

A suit filed by a man in 12/02 alleged abuse as a child by Garstka in 1963. A second man filed suit in 1/03 alleging abuse in the same time period. This plaintiff was living as a child in a foster home and the foster parents wanted him to be an altar boy. He would stay overnight every weekend at the rectory. At least one case was dismissed by state appeals court on SOL in 9/04. On the diocese’s list 12/3/18. Died in 1982. Suits filed by three more people in 6/20, two claiming abuse in the 1960s when Garstka was assigned to St. Patrick’s in Taberg.

Return to main database page. See abbreviations and posting policy. Send corrections.

Our Database of Publicly Accused does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.