Tag: New York Archdiocese Sex Abuse Attorney

Msgr. Robert Ritchie – Archdiocese of New York

Monsignor Robert Ritchie

Archdiocese of New York

Robert T. Richie Horowitz LawOrdained: 1971

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Catherine of Genoa (Washington Heights, NY)
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral (New York, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegation against Father Robert Ritchie:

According to media reports, in August of 2021, a civil lawsuit was filed naming Msgr. Robert Ritchie alleging that he sexually abused a minor about 50 years ago on one occasion. Richie announced this allegation against him in a letter to cathedral parishioners at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, denying the allegation.

In 2020, the New York state’s Child Victims Act went into effect in which this lawsuit was filed under. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed into law a bill to extend the deadline for filing suits under the law to August 14. The law lifted the statute of limitations on abuse cases to allow victims to file claims regardless of when or how long ago the alleged abuse occurred.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of New York. 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 Archdiocese of New York 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.

Father Leo Mojecki – Archdiocese of New York

Father Leo Mojecki 

Archdiocese of New York

Leo Mojecki Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1957 

Died: 1985

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960s St. Sylvester’s R.C. Church (Concord, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leo Mojecki:

According to media reports, in late April 2021, a lawsuit was filed against a former Erie County priest, Fr. Leo Mojecki, and the Archdiocese of New York for the alleged drugging and repeated sexual assault of an altar boy in the 1960s. The lawsuit alleges that Mojecki repeatedly raped the plaintiff from 1964 to 1966 while he was attending his fourth to sixth grade at St. Sylvester School in Concord, New York. The victim was approximately 9 to 11 years old at the time of the abuse. 

According to the lawsuit, Mojecki regularly drugged the plaintiff and then raped the boy in his sleep. Most of the incidents occurred in the parish’s rectory, while he wore his official priest garb. He allegedly fondled the child’s genitals, rubbed his own genitals in front of the boy, kissed him, and forced him to serve Mass as an altar boy with only underwear on underneath his acolyte robes. 

The suit claimed that Mojecki had groomed the plaintiff. “Father Mojecki would regularly keep the plaintiff late at church; offer to drive plaintiff home; socialize with plaintiff’s parents; and asked plaintiff to help him with tasks,” the suit stated. The boy told his teacher about the sexual abuse, but no action was taken.

The lawsuit also alleges that Fr. Thomas Burke and Msgr. John Lennon, the parish pastor at the time, knew that the victim spent nights in the rectory with Mojecki. Despite this fact, they continued providing the priest access to commit the sexual assaults against the boy. Msgr. John Lennon died in 1982, Fr. Burke died in 1984, and Fr. Mojecki died in 1985.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of New York. 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 Archdiocese of New York 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.