Fr. Basil A. Ormsby

Ordained: 1942
Status: Sued

Died: 06/14/1997
Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Monsignor. First revealed in 3/20/18 diocesan list as ‘removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.’ Died in 1997; diocesan list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. In addition to the two or more allegations indicated by Ormsby’s inclusion on the diocesan list, he reportedly molested a boy, age 12, during a pastoral visit in 1960 to the boy’s home after the death of his father. He also allegedly touched and kissed an altar boy in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Accused in a lawsuit filed 8/14/19 of abusing a boy, age 13, in 1975. Ormsby was at St Teresa’s in South Buffalo 1957-87, after working in 10 parishes in his first 15 years as a priest. Retired in 1987. Monsignor 1988/1989. Died 6/14/97. Claims in a lawsuit 8/19 of abuse of a child, ages 9-12, 1950-53 in Cheektowaga. By 8/21 there were 19 lawsuits filed under the NY Child Victims Act with accusations against Ormsby.

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