Fr. Thomas J. Valenti

Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Rochester NY

Administrator at Blessed Trinity when named publicly in 6/18 as having been accused of the sexual abuse of a minor, ages 15-17, 1975-77. Per Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, the alleged abuse began when Valenti was a deacon and continued after ordination, to his time at St. Mary’s of the Lake in Ontario NY. The diocese stated that in 2003,the allegation was “investigated, reviewed and determined to be unsubstantiated.” Valenti requested a leave of absence “in order to address this matter.” In 12/18 the Diocese removed him from ministry, stating that, per the Review Board, Valenti had “engaged in objectionable and inappropriate behaviors with minors” in the 1970s.

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