Father Franklin Tuchols
Diocese of Buffalo
Assigned As Follows:
- Chaplain at Children’s Hospital
- Catholic Charities marriage and family counselor
- St. Mary of Sorrows Church (Buffalo, NY)
- St. John Vianney (Orchard Park, NY)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Franklin Tuchols:
Father Franklin Tuchols was ordained to the priesthood of the Diocese of Buffalo in 1971. According to media reports, in August 2019, he was accused of raping and molesting a minor. The Erie County man, now in his 60’s, also accused three other priests and two teachers of the same sexual misconduct. He claimed the abuse began at St. Mary of Sorrows and Bishop Fallon High School when was just 10-11 years old. The other priests who were also named in the lawsuit were Peter Popadick, Paul Nogaro, and a former wrestling coach only identified as “Father Mike.”
In 1995, Father Franklin Tuchols was also caught in a sting by the DEA buying crack cocaine. He was working as a Chaplain at the Children’s Hospital and was also a family and marriage counselor and never received any jail time. He is still currently living and his whereabouts since the 2019 lawsuit are unknown. This is one of the many lawsuits being filed under the New York Child Victims Act.
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.