Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Posts Bail

By Eric Reinagel
Press & Sun-Bulletin
February 29, 2008

A former Vestal priest posted bail Thursday at Montgomery County Jail after being charged with inappropriate sexual conduct with at least four children ages 5 to 11.

The Rev. John W. Broderick, 47, of Nicholville, was charged with three counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, one count of sexual abuse in the second degree, both felonies, and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, misdemeanor, according to State Police Investigator Paul Cituk.

The charged stem from a complaint that State Police received from a Montgomery County family. The parents called Broderick their "spiritual advisor" and stated that Broderick befriended the family, according to Cituk. Cituk said over the course of several month in 2007 Broderick inappropriately had sexual contact with at least four family members at the family's home.

Broderick left Montgomery County area sometime during May 2007 and was subsequently located in Massena at the Holy Name of Jesus Academy where police took him into custody without incident.

Broderick is currently assigned to the Syracuse Diocese of the Catholic Church and police learned that he had been suspended earlier this year.

A call today to Danielle Cummings, assistant chancellor and diocesan spokeswoman, wasn't immediately returned.

Broderick had been a parochial vicar at Our Lady of Sorrows in Vestal in 1990s.

Broderick was arraigned in Town of Palentine Court and was remanded to the Montgomery Jail where bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

State Police at the Fonda barracks are asking anyone who may have information regarding this case or similar cases that involved Broderick to call (518) 853-4708.



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