Yonkers Friar Sent to Jail for Sexually Abusing Boys

By Louis Buccheri
Journal News
June 10, 2008

WHITE PLAINS - A Yonkers monk charged with sexually abusing four boys from the same family was sentenced today to seven years in state prison, according to the Westchester County District Attorney's Office.

Dominic Bokulich, 35, pleaded guilty in March to first-degree sexual abuse and course of sexual conduct, felonies, and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Bokulich, aslco known as Friar Leopold, sexually abused the boys at their home and at a retreat location operated by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, the congregation of which he was a member.

The incidents took place between November 2005 and June 2007.

During that time, one of the four boys, who range in age from 4 to 14, came forward and reported Bokulich.

Bokulich, who was living at St. Felix Friary in Yonkers at the time of the incidents, is now a resident of Monticello, N.Y.

He was also sentenced to five years post-release supervision and will be required to register as a sex offender, the prosecutor's office said.


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