Police Seek Information on Alleged Sexual Abuse by Priest

February 14, 2008

GREENFIELD — State Police in Wilton are asking anyone with information regarding the possible sexual abuse by a 65-year-old priest with area ties to contact local investigators.

Last December, Monsignor George F. Zatarga was placed on administrative leave from his role as pastor of American Martyrs parish in the Bayside neighborhood of Queens.

Zatarga's leave was coordinated shortly after he acknowledged his "inappropriate behavior" in the wake of sexual abuse allegations that were reported to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.

Local authorities have been investigating the possibility that similar behavior may have occurred at Zatarga's summer camp in the town of Greenfield.

Police are encouraging anyone with information to contact the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Wilton at 583-7010.


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