May 2018 is the final month for victims of sexual abuse by clergy of the Diocese of Buffalo to bring a claim seeking compensation from the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP). The program, which follows similar programs in other dioceses in New York State, is designed to compensate people who sexually abused as a child by a member of the clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo. According to published reports, dozens of priests of the Diocese of Buffalo have been accused of child sexual abuse. Some, but not all, of those priests are now deceased.
The list of priests of the Diocese of Buffalo who have been accused of sexual abuse includes: John R. Aurelio; Donald W. Becker; David M. Bialkowski; Robert J. Biesinger; James H. Cotter; Donald S. Fafinski; Douglas F. Faraci; Fred G. Fingerle; Michael R. Freeman; Joseph P. Friel; Mark M. Friel; Thomas G. Gresock; John P. Hajduk; Michael J. Harrington; Brian M. Hatric; James P. Hayes; Louis J. Hendricks; J. Grant Higgins; Francis T. Hogan; Fred D. Ingalls; Florian A. Jasinski; Gerald C. Jasinski; Richard P. Judd; Timothy J. Kelley; Thomas L. Kemp; Richard J. Keppeler; John D. Lewandowski; Bernard M. Mach; Loville N. Martlock; Fabian Maryanski; Thomas J. McCarthy; Basil A. Ormsby; Norbert F. Orsolits; Martin L. Pavlock; Roy K. Ronald; Joseph E. Schieder; Gerard A. Smyczynski; James A. Spielman; Chester S. Stachewicz; Edward J. Walker; William G. Ward; William F. J. White; and Robert W. Wood.
Notably, Father Fabian Maryanski to work in a parish until May 2018 — decades after he was accused of having sexual contact with a teenage girl in a church rectory at St. Patrick Church.
The deadline for victims to submit claims is June 1, 2018. You should hire an experienced attorney before bringing your claim. Sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz has many years of experience handling claims on behalf of victims of clergy sexual abuse throughout New York, including cases with the Diocese of Buffalo. Attorney Adam Horowitz offers confidential, free evaluations of your sexual abuse claim involving priests and clergy of the Diocese of Buffalo.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual abuse by any priest or clergymen affiliated with the Diocese of Buffalo, please e-mail attorney Adam Horowitz at [email protected] or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100 to discuss your claim against the Diocese of Buffalo and learn if you are eligible for monetary compensation.