Man Joins Civil Suit against Rev. Banach

By Kathleen A. Shaw
Telegram & Gazette
October 10, 2002

Boston lawyer Carmen L. Durso said another person is being added to a civil suit against the Rev. Henry S. Banach, a retired diocesan priest, and the Worcester Diocese.

The man, who is listed in court documents only as Richard Roe, said he was sexually assaulted by Rev. Banach at St. Hedwig Church, where he was an altar boy, Mr. Durso said. The man now lives out of state.

He came forward and spoke with Mr. Durso after the original suit was filed more than a week ago in Worcester Superior Court.

The original suit was filed on behalf of two brothers, identified as John and Robert Doe, who allege Rev. Banach sexually assaulted them when they were altar boys at St. Hedwig in the 1980s.

Another man, Jason Ouillette of Southbridge, told Mr. Durso he was sexually assaulted by Rev. Banach when he was an altar boy at St. Hedwig, but he is choosing not to join the suit.

He contacted Mr. Durso after the suit was filed to offer his support and to allege that the same thing happened to him.

Mr. Ouillette said in an interview that Rev. Banach allegedly told him if he told anyone about the incident he would make sure he never made his confirmation, which is one of the three initiatory sacraments of the Catholic Church.

Mr. Ouillette said he turned the threat around and said if he did not make his confirmation he would stand up in the congregation and tell the bishop and everyone else in the church what happened. He said he was confirmed.


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