|Attorney for LI Pastor Denies Sex Abuse Allegations
June 9, 2007
Melville, Long Island - The attorney for a pastor of a Roman Catholic parish is denying allegations that his client sexually abused a ten-year-old boy more than a decade ago.
The Suffolk district attorney's office has said that it is investigating allegations that the Reverend Gerald Twomey abused the boy between 1994 and 1995 while at a parish in Brentwood.
Twomey has been put on administrative leave from his duties as pastor of Our Lady of Fatima in Manorhaven since the allegations surface. The Diocese of Rockville Center says it received notice of the allegations May 31.
Twomey's attorney says the allegation is "utterly false." Attorney Christopher J. Cassar of Huntington says they would fight to clear his name.
The 53-year-old pastor has spoken out in the past against the sexual abuse of minors by priests. He is not now facing any charges stemming from the allegations.
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