Statement of the Diocese of Bridgeport Concerning a Lawsuit by Brooks Thopsey

Diocese of Bridgeport
March 3, 2010

The Diocese of Bridgeport is surprised to learn through a press release of the claim by Brooks Thopsey that he was abused by former priest John Castaldo.

The Diocese has credible information dating back to 2004 that Mr. Thopsey was not sexually abused by John Castaldo. In the past, a representative on behalf of Mr. Thopsey had contacted us to claim that Mr. Thopsey had experienced some psychological harm related to another matter, but not as a result of being sexually abused by John Castaldo. Three years later, his father called the Diocese suggesting that Brooks Thopsey had been harmed. The Diocese immediately reached out, but Brooks Thopsey (who was already an adult) never responded.

Notably, the "Trumbull man"-- referenced in the press release as having filed a similar lawsuit against the Diocese of Bridgeport and John Castaldo -- contacted the Diocese on Monday to say that he had instructed his attorney to withdraw the case because he has severe memory problems and now doubts the truth of his claims.

The attorney in both cases is Joel T. Faxon of New Haven.

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