Priest Sues Family That Made Allegations of Child Sex Abuse

By David Winters
Watertown Daily Times
November 22, 2008 311229961/0/FRONTPAGE/Priest+sues+family+that+made+allegations+of+child+sex+abuse

A Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing three children in Montgomery County has filed suit against the family that made the allegations.

The Rev. John W. Broderick, 47, is seeking $500,000, alleging the family made several "defamatory statements" about him. The three-page lawsuit filed this week, which names the young victims, describes several statements made by members of the family but doesn't specify when or where they were made.

The priest faces charges on three felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and misdemeanor counts of child endangerment. He is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with three children, ranging in age from 5 to 11, over a few months in 2007. The trial is scheduled to begin in late January.

"I think this will backfire on him," said New York City attorney John A. Aretakis, who represents the family.

The priest was involved with the Dominican Sisters, a Catholic group not recognized by the Vatican, which runs the Holy Name of Jesus Academy in Massena. He worked there from mid-2007 until his arrest in February at the school. No complaints were filed against him in Massena.


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