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Leonard Riforgiato (Jesuit seminarian-deacon) – Diocese of Rochester

Leonard Riforgiato (Jesuit seminarian-deacon)
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: Unknown
Died: 1999

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964-1966: McQuaid Jesuit, Rochester, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Leonard Riforgiato:

When the Jesuit order released its list of priests accused of abuse, a priest in training, Leonard Riforgiato, was among those listed.

Riforgiato was assigned to McQuaid, a school within the Diocese of Rochester, in the mid-1960s when he engaged in abusive behavior. According to records, the abuse occurred from 1964-1966 and was reported in 1969. When Riforgiato was confronted with the allegations, he admitted them and left the Jesuit order shortly after.

School officials initially said they knew nothing about it.

In fact, McQuaid officials had known all about an allegation that Riforgiato had instructed a student to drop his pants because that claim was among the information that the school gave Brighton police sixteen years ago.

It is unclear how McQuaid’s parent organization could have been aware of these events for fifty years while local school officials were in the dark.

Riforgiato died in 1999.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  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 Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now 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.

Fr. John Farrand (Jesuit priest) – Diocese of Rochester

Father John Farrand (Jesuit priest)
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: Unknown
Died: 2003

Assigned as follows:

  • 1946-1949: Canisius High School, Buffalo, NY
  • 1955-1957: McQuaid Jesuit, Rochester, NY
  • 1957-1961: Regis High School, New York, NY
  • 1961-1972: Brooklyn Prep, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1972-1974: Ecole de Provence, Marseilles, France
  • 1974-1976: Colegio San Ignacio Rio, Piedras, PR
  • 1976-1997: Loyola School, New York, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Farrand:

Father John Farrand, a member of the Jesuit order, allegedly abused a minor in 1961, around the time a report was made to the Jesuit provincial.   While the nature and details of the abuse were not publicly released, the Order says notes in his personnel file indicate that Farrand admitted to the abuse.

As a result of his admission, Farrand was transferred to nearby Brooklyn Prep, where he continued to have access to minors. After that, he went on to teach at a school in France, a school in Puerto Rico, and then returned to New York and taught at Loyola School from 1976 until 1997.

Farrand died in 2003, apparently as a priest in good standing.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  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 Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now 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.

Father Roy Drake (Jesuit priest) – Diocese of Rochester

Father Roy Drake, s.j.
Diocese of Rochester/Jesuits

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Ordained: 1963
Died: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963-1964: Seismologist at Weston Observatory; Weston, MA
  • 1964-1965: Jesuit Tertianship at Manresa Hall; Port Townsend, WA
  • 1965-1971: Fordham Preparatory School; Bronx, NY
  • 1966-1970: Assistant Director of Seismic Observatory at Fordham University; Bronx, NY
  • 1969-1971: Oceanography Graduate Student at New York University; Manhattan, NY
  • 1971-1977: Graduate Student at University of Maine; Orono, ME
  • 1974-1977: Teacher and Project Director at Maine Maritime Academy; Castine, ME
  • 1977-1978: Assignment unknown; Rodney, MI
    Listed in diocesan pages of Directory at Rt. 1, Box 82, Hillview Lake [Dr.], Rodney MI
  • 1978-1979: Jesuits at Le Moyne; Syracuse, NY
  • 1979-1980: Leonard Neale House; Washington, D.C.
  • 1980-1984: Prefect of Dolan Hall at John Carroll University; Cleveland, OH
  • 1984-1986: Whereabouts unknown, not listed in Catholic Directories
  • 1986-1993: Le Moyne College; Syracuse, NY
  • 1987-1988: Associate Academic Dean
  • 1988-1993: Director of Institutional Research
  • 1993: Member of Board of Directors at Gobind Sadan; Palermo, NY
  • 1993-1994: Administrator at Christ the King Retreat House; Syracuse, NY
  • 1994-2006: Murray-Weigel Hall; New York City, NY
  • 2003-2004: Faculty at Center for Spiritual Development; Rye, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Roy Drake:

In 2005, Father Roy Drake was accused of raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old boy in 1969, while assigned to Fordham Prep in the Archdiocese of New York. The alleged assault occurred on an overnight stay before a ski trip.

Additionally, Drake was accused in 2014 of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy in 1974 while Drake worked at Maine Maritime Academy, located in the Portland, Maine diocese.

Drake bounced around the country within his order and was also assigned in the Dioceses of Boston, Seattle, Grand Rapids or Saginaw, Syracuse, Washington, and Cleveland.

In 2006, after the first allegations of abuse came to light, Drake became a patient at the Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer, Mississouri. Vianney Renewal Center is a sexual abuse treatment center, operated by the Servants of the Paraclete and Drake was a resident there until his death in 2008.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  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 Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now 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.

Alexander Capo – Diocese of Rochester

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Mr. Alexander Capo
Diocese of Rochester

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Alexander Capo:

In 2000, Alexander Capo, an eighth-grade Spanish teacher at Our Lady of Mercy High School in Brighton, was fired and subsequently arrested on allegations of having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old child.

Incidents related to the relationship allegedly took place both in the school and in Irondequoit where Capo resided. Capo pleaded guilty to two separate counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, and was given two 30-day jail sentences.

Capo currently lives in Rochester, New York.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  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 Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now 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.

Father David L. Bonin – Diocese of Rochester

Father David L. Bonin
Diocese of Rochester

Ordained: Unknown
Death: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1989-2001: St Mary’s of the Lake Roman Catholic Church, Watkins Glen, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father David L. Bonin:

In 2008, a 21-year-old man filed suit against the Diocese of Rochester and Bishop Matthew Clark alleging that Father David L. Bonin abused him weekly from 1998-2001 when he was ages 9-12.

According to the victim, between 1996-2001, he was a parishioner at St Mary’s of the Lake Roman Catholic Church in Watkins Glen, New York.

Beginning in 1998, when the victim was about 9 ½ to ten years old, and until 2001, the victim spent almost every Friday night and occasional Saturday nights in the rectory with Bonin. Whenever he spent nights in the rectory, he would sleep overnight there, where alcohol was readily available to the victim, and he consumed it almost every night he was there.

Bonin Grooms the Victim Every Weekend

According to the victim, virtually every time he spent nights in the rectory, Father Dave would engage in a somewhat ritualistic routine with him: Bonin often would sit on the couch or a chair and have the victim sit across from him in the chair or on a sofa.  While the victim was sitting across from Bonin, he would have him raise his legs so Bonin could rub them. After rubbing the victim’s legs, or sometimes his back, Bonin would eventually motion for him to stand in front of him.

Bonin would kiss the victim on the face and on the lips and massage his body and hug the victim close to him. Then, Bonin would drop the victim’s pants and underwear down around his knees. After lowering the victim’s pants and underwear, Bonin would touch and rub the victim’s testicles and penis.

When Bonin masturbated the victim, the priest would catch the ejaculate in one of his hands and then rub it on the victim’s legs, pants, and underwear. After Bonin’s ritual, the victim would pull up his pants and walk away from the priest.

The victim would go to the liquor cabinet and find alcohol to drink to make him feel better.

The Abuse Continues Even After Bonin Admits it’s Not Right

After around a month and a half or two months of this behavior by Bonin, he told the victim; “This isn’t right. It has to stop.”

But it didn’t stop.

The victim understood that Bonin’s actions were something that could not be shared with anyone.

After the first allegations were made public, a second individual also made allegations against Bonin while Bonin was assigned to St. Mary’s on the Lake at the time.  The second victim alleged he was molested by Bonin in the rectory at St. Mary’s and also in hotel rooms on trips he made with the priest and others. He was 8 or 9 years old when the abuse began, and it lasted about three years, he said.

Bonin died in 2002 before allegations were made against him.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019. 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 Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now 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.

Fr. Thomas W. Burr – Diocese of Rochester

Father Thomas W. Burr
Diocese of Rochester

Ordained: 1967
Resigned: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • June 27, 1961 – Assistant, St. Boniface, Rochester, NY
  • June 23, 1964 – Latin and music instructor, St. Andrew Seminary, Rochester, NY
  • June 29, 1965 – Assistant, St. Rita, Webster, NY
  • June 25, 1970 – Assistant, St. Andrew, Rochester, NY
  • Dec. 15, 1971 – Assistant pastor, St. Ambrose, Rochester, NY
  • June 23, 1976 – Pastor, St. Joachim, Canisteo, and St. Mary, Rexville, NY
  • June 26, 1990 – Pastor, St. Anthony, Elmira, NY
  • June 28, 1994 – Pastor, St. Mary Our Mother, Horseheads, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas W. Burr:

Father Thomas W. Burr was one of three priests removed in May 2002 for allegations of inappropriate behavior with teens more than 20 years prior. While the Diocese of Rochester refuses to release details about the allegations, Burr acknowledged the truth of them when confronted.

While Burr was removed from ministry due to his actions, he was allowed to resign from his position at St. Mary Our Mother rather than be publicly removed.

Per a Diocese of Rochester news release, he was officially sentenced to a life of prayer and penance but will continue to receive his pension and social security benefits. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  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 Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now 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.

Fr. Albert H. Cason – Diocese of Rochester

Father Albert H. Cason
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1962
Removed from ministry: 1985
Laicized: 2012
Death: 1996

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963-1968: Sacred Heart; Auburn, NY
  • 1969-1973: St. John the Evangelist; Spencerport, NY
  • 1974-1985: St. Patrick Church; Owego, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Albert H. Cason:

In 1985, Father Albert H. Cason was removed from ministry within the Diocese of Rochester due to sexual misconduct with at least 6 altar boys. Multiple victims made claims of misconduct against Cason and though police investigated, Cason was never criminally charged for abusing the boys.

However, the Diocese of Rochester investigated the complaints against Cason, who was in charge of the altar boys at the church, and the priest admitted to the sexual misconduct.

The victims claimed Cason sexually abused them in the mid- and late 1970s and the abuse ranged from fondling the boys and allowing them to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana to forcibly raping and sodomizing them. The abuse is said to have occurred on overnight camping trips and at a drive-in movie.

Cason was sent for treatment, and he was never allowed to return to ministry.

In 2002, eight plaintiffs filed lawsuits against the Diocese of Rochester and the bishop, however, the cases were dismissed due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.

In 2020, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Diocese of Rochester under the New York Child Victims Act, which temporarily suspends the statute of limitations in sexual abuse cases.  The lawsuit alleges that Cason sexually abused a boy beginning around the time the child was an 11-year old altar boy at St. John the Evangelist.

Cason died in 1996, according to the Diocese of Rochester.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  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 Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now 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.

Fr. Bernard Casper – Diocese of Rochester

Father Bernard Casper
Diocese of Rochester

Ordained: 1955
Leave of absence: 1963

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Bernard Casper:

Father Bernard Casper was ordained by Diocese of Pueblo in Colorado, however, in 1963, Casper took a leave of absence for unknown reasons. He began working in New York at the Diocese of Rochester in the 1970s.

In 2003, it was discovered that Casper should not have been practicing as a priest for three decades since he was never formally assigned to the Diocese of Rochester.  Clearly, the Diocese of Rochester was not monitoring its parishes and priests.

Likely not by coincidence, at the same time, twin brothers accused Casper of molesting them for years, starting when they were altar boys in Albany back in the 70s.

The victims met Casper in the early 1970s at St. Patrick’s Church, when they were two of 13 children who escaped with their mother from an abusive relationship. The victims’ mother had turned to the church for help and befriended Casper. They would sometimes spend weekends at Casper’s farmhouse in Bethlehem, an Albany suburb, which is when the abuse began.

When the victims’ mother couldn’t handle caring for the 13 children, the twins went with Casper to live in the Unity House in Auburn for a couple of years in 1973, where the abuse continued.

When the two went to the Diocese of Rochester in 2002, both the Albany and Rochester dioceses contended that Casper never had their authority to act as priest in New York state and refused to admit liability for his actions.

Casper’s last known location was in Buffalo, New York.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  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 Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now 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.

Fr. Paul I. Cloonan – Diocese of Rochester

Father Paul I. Cloonan
Diocese of Rochester

Ordained: 1954
Laicized: Unknown
Death: 2015

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Paul I. Cloonan:

In 2012, Father Paul I. Cloonan’s name appeared on Diocese of Rochester list of priests removed from ministry between 2002 and 2012. He was voluntarily laicized, apparently after accusation of sexual abuse of a minor.  The Diocese of Rochester provided the public with no details about the allegation(s) against Cloonan, such as the age/gender of his victim(s) or his assignment at the time of the abuse.

Cloonan died in 2015.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  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 Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now 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.

Fr. Thomas Corbett – Diocese of Rochester

Father Thomas Corbett
Diocese of Rochester

Ordained: 1965
Removed from ministry: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Mary’s Southside, Elmira, NY
  • St. Theodore Church, Gates, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Corbett:

In 2002, Father Thomas Corbett was charged with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse of an underage female that occurred in 1991 while he was associate pastor at St. Theodore Church in Gates. Corbett was working in the Diocese of Rochester’s legal services office as part of diocesan marriage tribunal. Upon receiving the allegations, he was removed from this position. The criminal charge was later dismissed.

After the initial charges, another woman complained that Corbett abused her in 1974-1975 when she was 12 years old. The victim claimed Corbett fondled her and asked her sexually oriented questions while she was in the confessional. She said her parents told another priest and Corbett was transferred.

Corbett was sentenced to a life of Prayer and Penance per 2012 release. His current location is unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  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 Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now 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.