Category: Sex

Fr. Florian Jasinski – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Florian Jasinski

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1957

Died: 1983

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958                St. Helen (Hinsdale, NY)
  • 1959-1962      St. Patrick (Lockport, NY)
  • 1963-1971      St. Josaphat (Cheektowaga, NY)
  • 1972-1974      Transfiguration (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1975-1981      St. Stanislaus Kostka (Perry, NY)
  • 1982-1983      St. Stanislaus Kostka (Niagara Falls, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Florian Jasinski:

According to media reports, in March 2018, Father Florian Jasinski’s name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s list of priests who “were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.” No information regarding the allegations was disclosed, however, the list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. He died in 1983.

In August 2019, Father Jasinski was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act, of sexually abusing a child, age 8-9 years old, from 1982 to 1983. The child participated in church and youth activities at St. Stanislaus. The gender of the child was not disclosed. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Buffalo, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Louis Hendricks – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Louis Hendricks

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1963

Died: 1990

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964                St.Brendan (Almond, NY)
  • 1965-1974      St. Joseph’s Cathedral (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1975-1976      St. Aloysius (Cheektowaga, NY)
  • 1977-1983      St. Martin (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1984-1990      St. Patrick (Randolph, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Louis Hendricks:

According to media reports, a former altar boy accused Father Louis Hendricks of repeatedly abusing him when he was a teenager growing up in South Buffalo in the 1980s. He was later transferred to St. Patrick in Randolph, and remained there until he died in 1990.

In March 2018, Father Florian Hendricks’ name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s list of priests who “were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.” No information regarding the allegations was disclosed, however, the list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. 

In August 2019, Father Hendricks was accused in three lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act. One suit alleged sexual abuse of a boy ages 5 through 7, from 1964 to 1966 and then again from 1972 to 1974, when the boy was ages 13 through 16. Another suit claimed sexual abuse of a 10-year-old at St. Joseph’s Cathedral from 1968 to1969. The third suit claimed sexual abuse of a child ages 6 through 10 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral from 1967 through 1970.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Buffalo, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Gerald Jasinski – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Gerald Jasinski

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1968

Removed: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1969                St. John the Evangelist (Sinclairville, NY)
  • 1970                The Visitation (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1971                St. Casimir (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1972-1975      Queen of Peace (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1972-1975      St. John Gualbert Church (Cheektowaga, NY)
  • 1976-1977      St. Stanislaus (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1978-1982      St. James (Depew, NY)
  • 1983-1986      St. Mary of the Assumption (Lancaster, NY)
  • 1987                Absent on leave

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Gerald Jasinski:

According to media reports, in June 1986, Father Gerald Jasinski was arrested and criminally charged with felony, sodomy, sexual abuse, and unlawful dealings with a child in Wyoming County. He was accused of having sexual contact with two teen boys, aged 15 and 18 at a cabin in the Town of Sheldon. He was the pastor at St. Mary of the Assumption in Lancaster at the time. Father Jasinski pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of first-degree attempted sexual abuse in August 1986 and sentenced to five years probation. 

In March 2018, Father Jasinski’s name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s list of priests who “were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.”  No information regarding the allegations was disclosed.  

In August 2019, Father Jasinski was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act, of sexually abusing an 11-year old altar boy at St. John Gualbert in Cheektowaga from 1972 through 1975. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Buffalo, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Brian Hatrick – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Brian Hatrick

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1979

Removed: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • 1980-1983      Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (Depew, NY)
  • 1984-1986      Fourteen Holy Helpers (Gardenville, NY)
  • 1987                Awaiting assignment
  • 1988-2007      St. Vincent (North Evans, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Brian Hatrick:

According to media reports, in 1980, a woman told the Diocese of Buffalo that Father Brian Hatrick molested her 14-year old son. They were parishioners at Blessed Sacrament and he was an altar boy. The abuse happened after Father Hatrick took him to see the movie “Popeye,” starring Robin Williams.

Soon after her once joyful altar boy was no longer interested in serving at Masses. She repeatedly asked him about why he gave it up, until one day he broke down and cried,  she said. He told her that Father Hatrick climbed on top of him in a car, fondled his genitals and kissed him. 

Father Hatrick was transferred to another parish in West Seneca, and continued to work with youth. In 2003, the woman complained to church officials when she learned Father Hatrick was still in ministry. 

“If I would have done what I should have done in 1980 and gone to the police, I think I could have saved a lot of kids,” she said. “It could have been ended right there in the 1980s.”

“I just can’t believe we didn’t do anything,” she said. “We were young parents. The church was the only thing we had. As young people, the church was our backbone.”

No action was taken until 2007, when Father Hatrick was “quietly removed.” He retired in 2008, and as of 2016, he was believed to be living in Friendship, New York. 

In March 2018, Father Hatrick’s name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s list of priests who “were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.” No information regarding the allegations was disclosed. 

In August 2019, Father Hatrick was accused of child sexual abuse in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act. He currently lives in rural Allegany County, near the Pennsylvania border. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Buffalo, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Msgr. Sylvester Holbel – Diocese of Buffalo

Monsignor Sylvester Holbel

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1928

Died: 1983

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Mary of the Angels (Olean, NY)
  • All Saints (Buffalo, NY)
  • Nativity of Our Lord (Orchard Park, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Sylvester Holbel:

Monsignor Sylvester Holbel was the Superintendent of Diocese of Buffalo schools from 1941-1961. He retired in 1978 and died in 1983. 

According to media reports, in March 2018, on a radio show broadcast, a man publicly accused Monsignor Holbel of sexually abusing him as a third-grader in 1975 while he was a student at Nativity school. The man said Monsignor Holbel began grooming him after Masses by offering him wine, rubbing his shoulders and talking to him about “spiritual development” from the age of 9. He remembered feeling uncomfortable when he sat on his lap and Monsignor Holbel became aroused, telling him it was “the spirit of God” moving through him. Monsignor Holbel would have been 72 at the time and a priest for more than 45 years.

The victim said the abuse progressed from fondling to oral sex to a ritualistic sodomy with religious candles, and then rape. He said he remembered wrapping his blood-stained underwear in paper towels and burying it at the bottom of a trash bin so that no one would see it. 

The abuse continued until the boy was 11 years old. He had thoughts of suicide at age 10, turned to alcohol and drugs throughout his 20s, had panic attacks in his 30s and was ultimately diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder at age 48. 

“One of the reasons for me coming out and speaking about these things is to really help people understand the damaging effect childhood sexual abuse has on children and how it lasts throughout a lifetime,” he said.

Monsignor Holbel has not been included on the Diocese of Buffalo’s list of priests “removed, retired, or having left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.” Deceased clergy are included on the list only if they were the subject of more than one accusation. The Diocese of Buffalo has, however, offered to compensate the man because he was a victim of clergy sexual abuse as a boy.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Buffalo, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Francis Hogan – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Francis Hogan

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1946

Died: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • 1947                Immaculate Conception (Cassadaga, NY) 
  • 1948-1949      St. John’s (Jamestown, NY)
  • 1950                Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1951-1954      Immaculate Conception (Wellsville, NY)
  • 1955-1956      Saints Peter and Paul (Hamburg, NY)
  • 1957-1963      Blessed Trinity (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1964-1965      St. Ambrose (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1966-1970      St. Mary (Little Valley, NY)
  • 1971-1981      St. Patrick (Salamanca, NY)
  • 1982                Absent on leave
  • 1983-1984      Sick leave

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Hogan:

According to media reports, in March 2018, Father Francis Hogan’s name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s list of priests who “were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.” No information regarding the allegations was disclosed, however, the list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. Father Hogan retired in 1985 and died in 2010.

In August 2019, he was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act, of molesting a child from 1948 to 1949 at St. John’s Church in Jamestown. The victim, was an altar boy, about 9 to 10 years old at the time.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Buffalo, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Msgr. Joseph Grant Higgins – Diocese of Buffalo

Monsignor Joseph Grant Higgins

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1956

Died: 2016

Assigned as follows:

  • 1957-1961      Blessed Sacrament, (New Orleans, LA) 
  • 1962                St. Pius (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1963-1974      St. Joseph’s Society of the Sacred Heart (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1975                All Saints (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1976                Sisters of Charity Hospital of Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1977                St. Albert the Great (North Tonawanda, NY)
  • 1978                State Hospital (Gowanda, NY)
  • 1979-1982      Psychiatric Center (Gowanda, NY)
  • 1983                Unknown
  • 1984-1997      Most Precious Blood (Angola, NY)
  • 1998                Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Joseph Grant Higgins:

Monsignor Joseph Grant Higgins was ordained a Josephite Order priest in 1956 and was assigned to churches in New Orleans, Loisiana and Baltimore, Maryland, prior to his incardination into the Diocese of Buffalo in 1975. According to media reports, in March 2018, his name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s list of priests who “were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.” No information regarding the allegations was disclosed, however, the list includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation. He retired in 1999 and died in 2016. 

In August 2019, he was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act, of sexually abusing a child from 1990 to 1991 at Most Precious Blood Church in Angola. The victim, was 9 to 10 years old at the time. According to some parishioners, Monsignor Higgins was known to take altar boys on camping trips. His sudden departure from the parish in 1997 was not fully explained, they said.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Buffalo, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Roy Herberger – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Roy Herberger

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1968

Removed: 2018

Reinstated: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • SS. Columba-Brigid Church (Buffalo, NY) 
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Church (Buffalo, NY) 
  • St. Boniface Church (Buffalo, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Roy Herberger:

Father Roy Herberger retired in 2017. According to media reports, he was placed on administrative leave in June 2018 after an allegation that he sexually assaulted an 8-year-old boy when he was a student at St. Anne’s Parish in Buffalo during the 1980s.

The alleged victim said Father Herberger took him to a Lackawanna home, tied him up, poured oil on his back and then raped him, as another priest videotaped the abuse. Father Herberger strongly denied the allegation, saying he knew the boy because he would help the boy’s alcoholic and, at times, homeless, father. He said he was never alone with the boy. 

In a letter to friends he said, “I want everyone to know that I deny these claims completely – 100 percent. I’m not saying that the victim is lying about being assaulted by some priest, but I do emphatically deny that it was me.”

Months later, in December 2018, after the Buffalo Diocese conducted an internal review and determined the allegations were “not substantiated,” he returned to ministry, though he was retired. In August 2019, his accuser filed a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Buffalo, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Robert J. Potts – Diocese of Allentown

Fr. Robert J. Potts

Diocese of Allentown

Ordained: 1964

Removed: October 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • Immaculate Conception, Jim Thorpe               1964 – 1965
  • St. Joseph, Easton                                           1965 – 1966
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Minersville                        1966 – 1967
  • St. Ann, Lansford                                              1967 – 1969
  • Notre Dame, Bethlehem                                   1969 – 1970
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Minersville                        1970 – 1978
  • St. Bernard, Easton                                           1978 – 1979
  • Sacred Heart, New Philadelphia                       1979 – 1985
  • St. George, Shenandoah                                   1985 – 2004
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Shenandoah               1986 – 2004
  • St. Stephen, Shenandoah                                  2001 – 2004
  • St. Mary, Ringtown and St. Joseph, Sheppton    2004 – 2006
  • St. Ursula, Fountain Hill                                      2006-Present

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Robert J. Potts:

In October 2019, the Diocese of Allentown announced that Father Robert J. Potts, pastor of St. Ursula Church, Fountain Hill (Bethlehem), was removed from ministry pending investigation of an allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The allegation was made to the administrators of the Diocese of Allentown’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, who then notified the Diocese. The Diocese of Allentown claimed that it had no prior knowledge of the allegation until being notified by program administrators.

The abuse allegedly occurred when Father Potts, now 82, was pastor of the former St. George Parish, Shenandoah.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Allentown.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Allentown may have legal options against the Diocese of Allentown.

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Msgr. Frederick Leising – Diocese of Buffalo

Monsignor Frederick Leising

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1971

Removed: 2018

Reinstated: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • Sacred Heart Parish (Bowmansville, NY)
  • Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (Williamsville, NY)
  • Christ the King Seminary (Aurora, NY)
  • St. Mary’s (Lancaster, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Frederick Leising:

According to media reports, in June 2018, the Diocese of Buffalo received an allegation that Monsignor Frederick Leising had sexually abused a 19-year old girl in the 1980s. He was suspended from ministry six months later in November. His accuser also said she was abused by Father Fabian Maryanski. 

When they were at a party in the rectory, she claimed that Monsignor Leising hugged her goodbye, then forcibly kissed her shoving his tongue down her throat. He denied the allegation, and said it was the girl who put her tongue in his mouth. After an internal review, the Diocese of Buffalo determined that the allegations had not been substantiated. Although retired, Monsignor Leising was cleared to return to ministry one month later in December. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Buffalo, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.