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.

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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. 

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Fr. David Bialkowski – Diocese of Buffalo

Father David Bialkowski

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1988

Removed: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1989-1993      St. Bernard (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1994-1995      Saints Peter and Paul Church (Hamburg, NY)
  • 1996-2003      St. John Gualbert Church (Cheektowaga, NY)
  • 2004-2011      Legion of Mary; St. John Gualbert (Cheektowaga, NY)
  • 2012-2013      Absent on leave
  • 2014-2016      Administrative leave

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father David Bialkowski:

According to media reports, Father David Bialkowski was placed on leave in February 2011. A former altar boy accused him of inappropriately touching his upper thigh and making suggestive statements to him 10 years earlier when the boy was a teenager. At the time, Father Bialkowski was serving as a priest at St. John Gualbert. One month later in March, two other men came forward and said that Father Bialkowski acted inappropriately toward them as teens. He denied any wrongdoing.

An internal church document states that Buffalo Police found Father Bialkowski in a parked car with a 16-year-old boy twice in one night in December 1994. Police didn’t file charges and found “no inappropriate activity” was occurring, but police did report the incident to the diocese in February 1995.

In March 2018, Father Bialkowski’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 Bialkowski was named in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act. The suit alleges that he abused an 8-year-old boy, during counseling sessions at St. John Gualbert. The abuse occurred over an eight month period between 1999 and 2000. According to the lawsuit, Father Bialkowski forcibly touched him and exposed himself to the boy.

As of 2011, Father Bialkowski has been working as an organist at a Lutheran church in the City of Tonawanda. He lives across the street from the William J. Grabiarz School of Excellence playground in Buffalo.

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Fr. Robert Biesinger – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Robert Biesinger

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1956

Died: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1957                Immaculate Conception (East Bethany, NY)
  • 1958-1967      Saints Peter and Paul (Williamsville, NY)
  • 1968                St. Mary (Lockport, NY)
  • 1969-1975      Baker-Victory High School (Father Baker High, Lackawanna, NY)
  • 1976-1986      Holy Family (Machias, NY)
  • 1987                Immaculate Heart of Mary (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1988-1994      St. Aloysius Gonzaga (Cheektowaga, NY)
  • 1995-2001      Absent on leave; Sheehan Residence for Priests (Buffalo, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Biesinger:

According to media reports, in March 1995, a woman filed a lawsuit alleging that Father Robert Biesinger sexually assaulted and abused her as a 15-year old teen in August 1974, while she was part of the color guard and drill team at Baker-Victory High School in Lackawanna. At the time, Father Biesinger was the director and coach of the drill team. The woman claimed the abuse occurred multiple times and on a trip to Chicago for a drill team competition. Father Biesinger resigned as pastor of St. Aloysius and retired from ministry. The Diocese of Buffalo settled the suit in 1996 for $125,000.

Shortly after the allegations surfaced against Father Biesinger, a second woman came forward to allege that he abused her on three different occasions in 1965 when she sought counseling as a ‘young adult.’ At the time, he was an assistant pastor at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Williamsville.

“I went to him for counseling, and he said he had to punish me,” the woman said. “I have had nightmares all these years. I bet there was not a week or a month that went by that I didn’t think about it. I have never recovered from it.”

She came forward to be sure “that he is never able to touch another woman.”

Father Biesinger died in July 2012. 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. 

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Fr. John Aurelio – Diocese of Buffalo

Father John Aurelio

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1966

Removed: 2003

Died: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1967                St. Helen (Hinsdale, NY)
  • 1968                Cardinal Mindszenty High School (Dunkirk, NY)
  • 1969                St. Leo (Amherst, NY)
  • 1970-1975      West Seneca State School (West Seneca, NY)
  • 1976-1981      St. Catherine of Siena (West Seneca, NY)
  • 1982-1986      West Seneca Development Center (West Seneca, NY)
  • 1987-1990      St. John the Evangelist (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1991                Unknown
  • 1991-1993      Christ the King Seminary (East Aurora, NY)
  • 1994                Absent on leave
  • 1995-1998      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Aurelio:

According to media reports, in December 1993, Father John Aurelio admitted to authorities that he and Father Bernard M. Mach engaged in acts of sodomy with young boys in the 1970s. The boys were ages 12-14 and abused in an East Aurora house the two priests shared. Father Aurelio admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana with them and claimed the boys seduced him. 

Father Aurelio, well known for writing children’s Christian storybooks, told  law enforcement officials that he and Father Mach were just out of the seminary at the time and “sexually naive,” a source said.

Police believed that the priests targeted troubled youth, as they all came from broken homes and parents suffering with alcoholism. 

Father Aurelio was also accused of abusing a mentally disabled resident at West Seneca Development Center. Both priests were suspended in 2003. They were not charged because the statute of limitations had expired.

It is believed that Father Aurelio moved to Venice, Florida after being suspended. He no longer functioned as a priest, and lived there until his death in August 2009.

In March 2018, Father Aurelio’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. 

In August 2019, Father Aurelio was named in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act. The suit alleges that he abused an 11-year old boy in 1968 St. Gerard’s in Buffalo.

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Msgr. Gerard Leo Green – Diocese of Buffalo

Monsignor Gerard Leo Green

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1956

Died: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • Sacred Heart Church (Angelica, NY)
  • St. Aloysius Church (Cheektowaga, NY)
  • Bishop Turner High School (Buffalo, NY)
  • Our Lady of the Rosary Church (Wilson, NY)
  • St. Barnabas Church Depew (Buffalo, NY)
  • SS. Peter and Paul Church (Hamburg, NY)
  • St. Joseph Cathedral (Buffalo, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Gerard Leo Green:

Monsignor Gerard “Jerry” Leo Green was a Bishop Turner High teacher and Boy Scout camp chaplain. He was a member of many organizations including the Knights of Columbus, the Diocesan Finance Council; the Diocesan Cemetery Board, and the Priests’ Retirement Board. He was the recipient of many awards, including the Cure of Ars Award from Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, and the Charity and Justice Award from the Catholic Charities Outreach Program in 1999. He was also included in “Whos Who in the East” from 1969 to 1997. He retired in 1999 and died in August 2012.

According to media reports, in November 2018, Monsignor Green’s name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s updated list of priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor. The original list was published in March 2018, and includes deceased priests only if they have more than one allegation.

In August 2019, he was named in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act.

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Fr. James C. Gould (Jesuits) – Diocese of Buffalo

Father James C. Gould

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1974

Removed: 2012 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1975-1983     St. Ann’s Church (Buffalo, NY) 
  • 1983-2008     Prefect of the Marshall Islands 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James C. Gould:

Father James C. Gould was a priest of the Franciscan Order. According to media reports, in November 2018, his name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s updated list of priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor. No information regarding the allegations was disclosed.

Church records show that the Diocese of Buffalo had known about Father Gould’s alleged abuse since 2011, when he admitted to abusing a minor. The information was included in a secret “black binder” of allegations given to Bishop Richard J. Malone when he was named bishop. An allegation against Father Gould was also included on a June 2018 agenda of the diocesan review board. 

In January 2019, he was included on the Jesuit Northeast Province’s list of Jesuits credibly accused of molesting a child. In August 2019, Father Gould was named in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act alleging that he molested a 13-year-old boy at St. Ann’s Church in Buffalo from 1977-1978. 

According to the 2018 Jesuit catalog, he is living in Murray-Weigel Hall at Fordham University.

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Msgr. Joseph Gambino – Diocese of Buffalo

Monsignor Joseph Gambino

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1903

Died: 1975

Assigned as follows:

  • Holy Cross (Buffalo, NY)
  • St. Anthony (Lime Rock, NY) 
  • St. Joseph (Leroy, NY)
  • Mount Carmel Parish (Buffalo, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Joseph Gambino:

Monsignor Joseph Gambino was from Turin, Italy. He arrived in the Diocese of Buffalo in 1907. He was the pastor of Holy Cross for 54 years. He retired in 1968 and died in 1975. 

In August 2019, Monsignor Gambino was named in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act. The suit alleges that he repeatedly molested a 5-year-old boy when he was a student at Holy Cross from 1948 to 1949. The boy was allegedly brought to Monsignor Gambino one day by a nun “presumably for disciplinary reasons”. The abuse occurred in the rectory, sacristy and other secluded areas. Monsignor Gambino “admonished” the boy not to tell anyone,  that it would be a “sin,” and threatened that if he did, it would affect his record and grades..

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Fr. Aurelian Brzezniak (Franciscans) – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Aurelian Brzezniak

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1945

Died: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1947-1956      Bishop Ryan High School (Buffalo, NY) 
  • 1957-1962      St. Joseph Cupertino Novitiate (Ellicott City, MD)
  • 1963-1968      Father Baker High School (Lackawanna, NY)
  • 1968-1971      Bishop Ryan High School (Buffalo, NY) 
  • 1971-2000      St. Francis High School (Athol Springs, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Aurelian Brzezniak:

Father Aurelian Brzezniak was ordained as a Franciscan order priest. According to media reports, in August 2019, in a case filed under the Child Victims Act he was accused of sexually abusing an 7-year-old boy in 1977, along with Father Patrick Mendola and Father James Smyka. 

The lawsuit alleges that the three priests began molesting the boy when his family dropped off a relative who was a teacher at St. Francis High School and the family spent the night there. While the boy was sleeping in a separate room from his parents, the three priests took him to a shower and repeatedly molested him in front of a group of between 15 to 20 other priests who watched and laughed. The suit states that afterward, they would comfort him while he cried, and then sexually abused him again, at least 15 more times in a single night. The suit states the abuse continued until he was age 8. 

Father Brzezniak retired in 2002 and died in June 2011. In March 2018, Father  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.

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. Dennis Fronczak – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Dennis Fronczak

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1975

Removed: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • 1975-1977      St. Joachim’s Church (Buffalo, NY) 
  • 1978-1983      Holy Trinity (Dunkirk, NY) 
  • 1984                Prince of Peace (Niagara Falls, NY) 
  • 1985-1990      St. John the Baptist (Lockport, NY) 
  • 1991-1999      St. Stephen’s (Grand Island, NY)
  • 2000-2014      St. Joseph’s (Holland, NY)
  • 2014-2015      Our Lady of Pompeii (Lancaster, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Dennis Fronczak:

According to media reports, in October 2015, Father Dennis Fronczak was unexpectedly placed on leave and removed from Our Lady of Pompeii for unspecified reasons. He denied any misconduct, but in June 2018, sexual abuse allegations against him surfaced. 

A woman alleged that Father Fronczak, a family friend, repeatedly fondled her in the 1990s, starting when she was age 9 through 12, while she was a student at St. Stephen School on Grand Island. She said he would call her over to sit on his lap, while students lined up for school dismissal and some teachers were around.

“He’d rub up the back of my Catholic school girl skirt, up my legs,” she said. “It wasn’t a one-time thing. It was often.” 

She would try to avoid him by not making eye contact, and recalled at least one time in which he scolded her for trying to stay away.

“He got mad at me, so that scared me even more,” said the woman.

Her parents didn’t believe her when she explained to them why school children nicknamed him “Father Touchy Feely.” Her father disregarded what she told them because it seemed so inconceivable. 

“We pooh-poohed it. I stood up for him. I had a hard time believing it,” said the victim’s father. He said he realized how wrong he was not to have believed his daughter.

Just two weeks later, Bishop Richard Malone acknowledged the allegations against Father Fronczak and two other priests “have been substantiated and they will remain on administrative leave while the results of the Diocesan investigation are reviewed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, who will make the final determination.”

Another allegation of child sexual abuse by Father Fronczak was substantiated in June 2018. In 2003, parents told the Diocese of Buffalo that he showed inappropriate behavior toward their 3-year-old daughter when he was pastor of St. Joseph Church in Holland. They said their little girl was lying on the floor on her belly, looking at a book, and Father Fronczak walked over and stood over her.

“He was straddling her and kept touching her with his feet and legs, squeezing her with his legs. It was very weird behavior for someone who had just met this little girl,” the mother said.

“Our daughter was not harmed, but it was very strange behavior, very upsetting, and after struggling with it, we decided to report it to the bishop’s office,” the mother said.

Although they were told the matter would be looked into, no action was taken and they heard nothing more. Friends of Father Fronczak said he denied ever doing anything inappropriate with a child. 

In August 2019, Father Fronczak was named in a lawsuit filed alleging sexual abuse of a child, 10-year-old child, starting in 1986 through 1988, while he was assigned to St. John the Baptist in Lockport.

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.