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Fr. Mieczyslaw “Matt” Nycz – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Mieczyslaw “Matt” Nycz

Diocese of Buffalo

Mieczyslaw "Matt" Nycz Diocese of Buffalo Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Retired: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Sacred Heart School (NY)
  • SS. Peter and Paul (Williamsville, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Mieczyslaw “Matt” Nycz:

Three priests have been placed on leave in response to claims in a lawsuit filed last month that they sexually abused a boy in the 1990s, the Diocese of Buffalo announced Saturday. One of the priests placed on leave is Fr. Mieczyslaw “Matt” Nycz. Bishop Michael Fisher said the priests all “deny ever committing any acts of abuse” but were placed on leave pending an investigation.

The diocese also notified the Erie County District Attorney’s Office of the claims, which emerged in a lawsuit last month. According to media reports, the lawsuit was filed by an Erie County man who had been a student at Sacred Heart School at the time of the alleged abuse. Fisher states that placing the priests on leave is in no way indicating that they are guilty and that the truth is to be determined.

The man filing suit is claiming that the priests forced him and other students to engage in sexual contact with other underage female students. He’s also claiming that these acts were filmed by the priests. The alleged abuse occurred on school grounds and in “the confessional rooms,” according to the lawsuit.

The suit alleges that the plaintiff was abused by Fr. Nycz from 1997 to 1998 when he was 12 to 13 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout New York. The Diocese of Buffalo filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Buffalo may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply. Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Buffalo if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options today.

Fr. Gregory Dobson – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Gregory Dobson

Diocese of Buffalo

Gregory Dobson Diocese of Buffalo Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Retired: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Sacred Heart School (NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Gregory Dobson:

Three priests have been placed on leave in response to claims in a lawsuit filed last month that they sexually abused a boy in the 1990s, the Diocese of Buffalo announced Saturday. One of the priests placed on leave is Fr. Gregory Dobson who is retired but continues to assist in various parishes of the diocese.

Bishop Michael Fisher said the priests all “deny ever committing any acts of abuse” but were placed on leave pending an investigation.

The diocese also notified the Erie County District Attorney’s Office of the claims, which emerged in a lawsuit last month. According to media reports, the lawsuit was filed by an Erie County man who had been a student at Sacred Heart School at the time of the alleged abuse. Fisher states that placing the priests on leave is in no way indicating that they are guilty and that the truth is to be determined.

The man filing suit is claiming that the priests forced him and other students to engage in sexual contact with other underage female students. He’s also claiming that these acts were filmed by the priests. The alleged abuse occurred on school grounds and in “the confessional rooms,” according to the lawsuit.

The suit alleges that the plaintiff was abused by Dobson when he was 10 to 11 between 1995 and 1996.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout New York. The Diocese of Buffalo filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Buffalo may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply. Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Buffalo if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options today.

Fr. Adolph Kowalczyk – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Adolph Kowalczyk

Diocese of Buffalo

Adolph Kowalczyk Diocese of Buffalo Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Sacred Heart School
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church (Orchard Park, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Adolph Kowalczyk:

Three priests have been placed on leave in response to claims in a lawsuit filed last month that they sexually abused a boy in the 1990s, the Diocese of Buffalo announced Saturday. One of the priests placed on leave is Fr. Adolph Kowalczyk.

Bishop Michael Fisher said the priests all “deny ever committing any acts of abuse” but were placed on leave pending an investigation.

The diocese also notified the Erie County District Attorney’s Office of the claims, which emerged in a lawsuit last month. According to media reports, the lawsuit was filed by an Erie County man who had been a student at Sacred Heart School at the time of the alleged abuse. Fisher states that placing the priests on leave is in no way indicating that they are guilty and that the truth is to be determined.

The man filing suit is claiming that the priests forced him and other students to engage in sexual contact with other underage female students. He’s also claiming that these acts were filmed by the priests. The alleged abuse occurred on school grounds and in “the confessional rooms,” according to the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, Kowalczyk is accused of committing the abuse when the plaintiff was about 9 to 11 years old between 1994 and 1996.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout New York. The Diocese of Buffalo filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Buffalo may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply. Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Buffalo if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options today.

Fr. Donald Lutz – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Donald Lutz 

Diocese of Buffalo 

Donald Lutz  Diocese of Buffalo Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1970

Assigned as Follows:

  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church (Buffalo, NY)
  • St. Leo the Great (Amherst, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Donald Lutz: 

Father Donald Lutz was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Buffalo in 1970. According to media reports, in July 2020, a lawsuit was filed accusing him of repeated “unpermitted sexual contact” with a 13-year-old girl from 1975 to 1976. The lawsuit was filed under the Child Victims Act, in which the statute of limitations for a survivor of child sex abuse can be extended. The girl was a parishioner at St. Leo the Great in Amherst, where Father Lutz was assigned.

A second woman also claimed Father Lutz sexually abused her as a minor in the 1970s.  She is not filing a lawsuit, but did contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator regarding the priest’s behavior. In October 2020, Father Lutz was placed on administrative leave by Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, pending an investigation into two allegations of sexual abuse from the 1970s. He was the pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at the time. Father Lutz denied both allegations, and claimed he was not made aware of the allegations against him until months later. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922). Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com   

Federal Court Sets Buffalo Diocese Bankruptcy Filing Date For Abuse Claims

On Friday, September 11, Judge Carl L. Bucki of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of New York signed an Order granting survivors of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo until August 14, 2021, to file claims for compensation.

The August 14 date coincides with the expiration of the extended window created by the Child Victims Act, legislation that created a window of time for all survivors of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits against those responsible – including employers like the Diocese of Buffalo – no matter when the abuse occurred.  Previously, the overwhelming majority of claims had been barred by New York’s archaic statute of limitations.

Judge Bucki reasoned that the extended time period, which is slightly longer than in a traditional corporate bankruptcy, will allow the Diocese and its insurers to evaluate the entire picture of potential liability, and takes into account that it often takes survivors of childhood sexual abuse a long time to come forward.  Many do not come forward until the last minute, if at all, given the life-long effects of the trauma.

The Diocese has already sued eight of its insurance carriers in bankruptcy court to force a decision on whether they will provide coverage of claims.

Based upon our extended experience in these matters, we believe that the scale of sexual abuse and coverup in the Diocese of Buffalo rivals the scandals in much larger dioceses, like the Boston Archdiocese and Los Angeles Archdiocese, which serve exponentially more Catholics.  However, decisions by the Diocese of Buffalo’s leaders led to a much higher percentage of its parishioners being exposed to sexual predators.  Through our own investigation, we have identified at least 143 clergy who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing children in the Buffalo Diocese, an absolutely staggering number given the Catholic population of the area.

The August 14, 2021, date is referred to as a “bar date” by the Bankruptcy Court because the Diocese will be immune from suit in any claim not filed by that date.  Survivors will never again have any chance for accountability after August 14, so it is critically important that you contact a lawyer today if you were harmed by an employee or volunteer in the Diocese of Buffalo, including laypeople and teachers.  This also applies anyone sexually abused as an adult and the estates of deceased victims.

Our attorneys have decades of experience representing victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.  Contact us confidentially now.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo in New York.  The Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Buffalo Diocese.  Very strict filing deadlines have been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.    Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Mr. Charles Lyons – Diocese of Buffalo

Mr. Charles Lyons

Diocese of Buffalo (Lay Teacher)

Charles Lyons Diocese of Buffalo Horowitz Law

 

Assignment History:

  • 1970s-1980s: St. Brigid (Buffalo)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Mr. Charles Lyons:

Mr. Charles Lyons (“Mr. Lyons”) was a lay teacher at St. Brigid in Buffalo. According to media reports, in 2020, he was named in a lawsuit against the Diocese of Buffalo Mr. Lyons was accused of sexually abusing a minor from 1979 to 1981, when the victim was approximately 14 to 16 years old. The child met Mr. Lyons when he/she participated in youth activities and programs at St. Brigid Church.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo in New York. The Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Buffalo Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Henry Lex – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Henry Lex

Diocese of Buffalo

Henry Lex Diocese of Buffalo Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951

Retired: 1991

Died: 2011

Assignment History:

  • 1951:                St. Helen Church (Hinsdale, NY)
  • 1952-1953:      St. Hyacinth Church (Lackawanna, NY)
  • 1954:                St. Joseph New Cathedral (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1956-1959:      St. Casimir (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1967-1976:      Sacred Heart in Bennington Center (Wyoming County)
  • 1976-1991:      Our Lady of Czestochowa (Cheektowaga, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Henry Lex:

Fr. Henry Lex was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Buffalo in 1951. He was assigned to the Buffalo Missionary Apostolate parish, at St. Helen in Hinsdale New York. In 1952, he became the assistant pastor at several parishes in the diocese. In 1959, he began serving as chaplain to the Felician Sisters Mother-house and, in 1967, was made pastor of Sacred Heart in Bennington Center. In 1976, he was named pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Cheektowaga, the parish he served when he retired in 1991. He died at the age of 86.

According to media reports, in 2020, he was named in a lawsuit against the Diocese of Buffalo  was accused of sexual abuse of a minor. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo in New York.  The Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Buffalo Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Stephen Ladika – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Stephen Ladika

Diocese of BuffaloStephen Ladika Diocese of Buffalo Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1952

Died: 2011

Assignment History:

  • 1953-1965: St. John the Baptist (Alden, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Stephen Ladika:

Fr. Stephen Ladika was ordained to the priesthood in 1952 for the Diocese of Buffalo. After serving the Church for 13 years, he was granted leave from the ministry in 1965. He then moved to Boca Raton, Florida, and got married and had children. He became the president and chief operating officer of Boca Raton Community Hospital (now Boca Raton Regional Hospital) through the 1980s. He retired in 1988, and died in 2011 at the age of 83.

According to media reports, the Diocese of Buffalo filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Among the complaints was a lawsuit filed in July 2020, under the NY Child Victims Act against the Diocese of Buffalo in which Fr. Ladika was accused of sexual abuse of a minor. The suit states that the victim attended St. John the Baptist in Alden, NY, where Fr. Ladika served. The victim claims that Fr. Ladika engaged in unpermitted sexual contact from 1958 to 1964 when Plaintiff was approximately 8 to 14 years old. No further details have been released.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo in New York.  The Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Buffalo Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. John H. Kean – Diocese of Buffalo

Father John Kean

Diocese of BuffaloJohn Kean Diocese of Buffalo Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • 1970s: Our Lady of Hope (Buffalo, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John Kean:

Father John Kean was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Buffalo. According to media reports, in 2020, he was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of repeatedly sexually abusing a child. The lawsuit states that the victim was a student at Our Lady of Hope in Buffalo, NY, where Fr. Kean served. The victim claims Fr. Kean engaged in unpermitted sexual contact that occurred in 1973 when  ten years old. No further details have been released. Most of the more than 170 Child Victims Act lawsuits filed against the diocese don’t include much detail about the allegations of child sex abuse lodged against priests.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo in New York.  The Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Buffalo Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. William J. Honer – Diocese of Buffalo

Father William Honer

Diocese of Buffalo

William Honer Diocese of Buffalo Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1957

Died: 2014

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father William Honer:

Father William Honer was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Buffalo in 1957. He eventually left the priesthood, and went to work for the state Office of Mental Health. In November 2002, he died suddenly at the age of 69.

According to media reports, in 2020, he was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of repeatedly sexually abusing a child. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Most of the more than 170 Child Victims Act lawsuits filed against the diocese do not include much detail about the allegations of child sex abuse lodged against the priests.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo in New York.  The Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Buffalo Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.