St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church and School

On July 11, 2021, the law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates filed a lawsuit identifying Richard Bourque as an alleged perpetrator located within the Diocese of Buffalo. The alleged abuse occurred from approximately 1992 to 1994 while Bourque was a teacher at St. Christopher in Tonawanda, New York. It is believed that Bourque is still alive, and living in North Tonawanda, New York, posing an immediate threat for children in the North Tonawanda community.

On July 27, 2021, the law firm of Jeff Anderson and Associates revealed the filing of  91 additional lawsuits filed under the New York Child Victims Act alleging child sexual abuse in Catholic institutions within the Diocese of Buffalo. Among the 91 lawsuits filed, 24 alleged perpetrators were publicly identified for the first time.

The recently filed lawsuits against the Diocese of Buffalo include the following newly identified alleged perpetrators:

Mr. Richard Bourque

Fr. Robert J. Breidenstein

Fr. Roderick N. Brown, O.P.

Fr. Janusz Caputa

Fr. Andrew L. Dunn, O.S.F.S.

Fr. William Finn, C.M.

Mr. David Granville

Mr. Dennis Haas

Fr. Barry E. Hess

Msgr. William Sutherland

Mr. Dave Isbrandt

Mr. Norman Kersch

Fr. Arnold Zebrowski

Br. Patrick Lynch

Fr. Leon M. Neu

Fr. George P. O’Neill

Fr. Thaddeus Osweski

Msgr. Stanislaus Sierakowski

Fr. Aloysius Sobus, O.M.C.

Fr. Bernard Sokolowski

Fr. John Sturm, S.J.

Br. Augustine Towey, C.M.

Fr. Richard/Ryszard Urban

Mr. Francis Van Eich

The New York Child Victims Act

The New York Child Victims Act gives survivors of child sexual abuse in New York the opportunity to file a civil claim against the individual who hurt them and the institution responsible, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. Under this revolutionary legislation, survivors of any age can seek justice, compensation, and accountability while reclaiming some of the power taken from them as kids.

But the window is only open for a limited time. Survivors must file their lawsuit in the Diocese of Buffalo bankruptcy case by August 13, 2021. If you are a survivor of child sexual abuse in the State of New York, our attorneys and trauma-informed advocates want to help you. Standing with and fighting for survivors of child sexual abuse has been our mission for more than 38 years.