Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Ogdensburg
If you are a survivor of child sexual abuse by a priest, teacher, coach, or other clergy you are not alone. Our attorneys & advocates are here to help you.
Whether you need someone to simply listen to your story without judgment or require assistance in navigating the complexities of the recently closed New York Child Victims Act—we are ready to help child sexual abuse survivors like you find justice, healing, compensation, and accountability in upstate New York. Our law firm of legal professionals and trauma-informed advocates has spent almost 40 years working with survivors of child sexual abuse and successfully litigating cases against Catholic dioceses and religious orders nationwide. We’ve teamed up with attorney Cynthia LaFave to help with the specific legal needs of survivors and challenges in the Dioceses of Albany, Syracuse, and Ogdensburg.
Diocese of Ogdensburg Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
On July 17, 2023, the Diocese of Ogdensburg filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. This expected, and ill-fated decision by the diocese is a shallow attempt by the bishop to harbor perpetrators, conceal assets, and shield the truth from survivors of sexual abuse.
Historically, organizations such as Catholic dioceses and religious orders have used Chapter 11 Bankruptcy as a shield to prevent embarrassing jury trials, allowing the institution to continue “business as usual” while continuing to hide its secrets. Bishops use this legal tactic to prevent survivors of child sexual abuse from pursuing legal action, exposing predators, and holding the Diocese accountable. However, you still have legal rights. Please visit our Chapter 11 bankruptcy FAQ page for more details about this process.
The Anderson Report: Clerical Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Ogdensburg
This report contains the names, and, where available, assignment histories, photos, and biographical information of clergy who were assigned within, worked in, or lived in the Diocese of Ogdensburg and who have been accused of sexual misconduct. The information in this Anderson Report is derived from publicly available sources, claims made by survivors to the dioceses and religious orders responsible for the offenders, and legal settlements made as a result of claims for sexual abuse. Accordingly, the allegations should be considered just allegations and should not be considered proved or substantiated in a court of law. All individuals should be considered innocent until proven guilty.
This same information can be found in the gallery at the bottom of this page. Download the report.
New York Child Victims Act Diocesan Lawsuits Dashboard & Database
Between the opening of the CVA on August 14, 2019, and May 31, 2021, more than 3,300 child sexual abuse lawsuits involving the Catholic Church, its affiliated organizations, its clergy, and its employees were filed in the state of New York. These lawsuits allege abuse by more than 1,700 individuals, including cardinals, bishops, priests, members of religious orders, and lay staff. We analyzed these lawsuits and have presented our analysis as of April 2021 in an interactive dashboard. We invite you to explore summary data by state or diocese, and scroll or search for accused perpetrators by name. View dashboard.
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It’s time for justice. It’s time for you to share your story, safely and confidentially. It’s time to lay down your burden and reclaim some of your power. It’s time to expose those who hurt you and make sure what happened to you never happens to another kid. It’s time to take action under the New York Child Victims Act. Before making a decision concerning such serious and sensitive matters, we encourage all survivors of child sexual abuse to consult with legal counsel before proceeding with a claim. We want to help you find accountability and healing. We will stand by you. We will fight for you.
Clergy Accused of Child Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Ogdensburg
The list below contains the names of clergy who were assigned within or working in the New York Diocese of Ogdensburg who have been accused of sexual misconduct. While lawsuits were filed involving many of these alleged perpetrators, the vast majority of the claims against these individuals have been settled or have not been fully evaluated in a civil or criminal court. Accordingly, the allegations should be considered just allegations and should not be considered proved or substantiated in a court of law. All individuals should be considered innocent until proven guilty. In some situations, the statute of limitations has expired preventing cases from being heard in a court of law. The information contained herein is an attempt to compile information already available to the public including information obtained from the media, www.bishopaccountability.org, the Diocese’s public statements, lists and reports that were released to the public, and other sources that have attempted to chronicle this information for public use.