For the first time since the state passed the Child Victims Act, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester is being sued by a person who, according to the lawsuit, was abused by a priest as a child.
The lawsuit was filed Monday, June 10. The lawsuit says the abuse happened between 1969 and 1971.
Tuesday morning, the Daily Messenger news partner News 10NBC contacted Bishop Salvatore Matano’s communication’s director. In an email to News 10NBC, diocese spokesman Doug Mandelaro wrote, “We haven’t been served. This is the first complaint the Diocese has received under the NYS Child Victims Act. We anticipate there will be others. It is under review.”
News 10NBC also contacted attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who is spearheading legal actions against Catholic dioceses across the country. Garabedian’s name is listed as “of counsel” on the lawsuit.