Court Attaches $10 Million in Assets of Seymour Priest in Sex Abuse Case (document)

By Lauren Garrison
New Haven Register
October 21, 2010

A Superior Court judge has ruled that a city manís sex abuse case against a Seymour priest was persuasive enough to warrant attaching $10 million of the priestís assets.

ď... there was more than adequate evidence to support the plaintiffís claim that (Father Stephen) Bzdyra sexually abused him when he was a young boy," Justice Robert Berdon wrote Tuesday in a memo of decision on request for prejudgment remedy."The court finds that the testimony of the plaintiff was credible and overwhelming."

The court found that the abuse included rape and forced oral sex with Bzdyra. "This conduct went on for several years," Berdon wrote.

William Dotson, 34, of New Haven filed a lawsuit in July claiming Bzyra sexually molested him when he was an altar boy in the 1980s at St. Francis Church in New Haven, and later at St. Hedwig Church in Naugatuck. A second man, who wished to remain anonymous, filed a lawsuit a month later claiming he, too, was sexually abused by Bzdyra in the late 1970s at St. Hedwig where he was a parochial student.

Bzydra, who most recently served at St. Augustine Church in Seymour, was placed on leave by the Archdiocese of Hartford after the first lawsuit was filed.

Dotsonís attorney, Joel Faxon of New Haven, said today, ďWhat that means is all of Bzdyraís assets are now going to be attached. His home is attached, his paycheck is attached, his savings are attached. Anything the man owns is now attached, meaning it canít be sold, it canít be disposed of, until the case is over.Ē



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