Fr. Edward Townsend

Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Buffalo NY

Priest of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists). Taught at Cardinal Dougherty High School 1963-69. A man stated publicly in 3/18 that Townsend sexually abused him over 5 years in the 1960s, starting when he was age 5. He said he reported the abuse to the diocese in 2006. A second man told a news outlet in 3/18 that Townsend also abused him, at ages 7 and 8. Report in 2008 to the Diocese of Manchester NH that Townsend sexually abused a child, ages 6 and 7, in a rectory parking lot in Farmington NH in Fall 1975 through early 1977. The diocese said he did not serve there. Name not found in the Official Catholic Directory. Townsend died in 1998. Lawsuit in 8/19 claimed abuse of a boy, ages 8-11, 1963-67 in Buffalo.

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