Father Ronald Sajdak
Diocese of Buffalo
- Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (Clarence, NY)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Ronald Sajdak:
Father Ronald Sajdak was ordained to the priesthood in 1996. According to media reports, in November 2018, he was suspended from the ministry for more than six months after the Diocese of Buffalo received an allegation that he had sexually abused a boy. The alleged abuse occurred over a 10-year period and started when Sajdak was in the seminary before he was ordained as a priest.
The alleged victim was age 13 or 14 when the abuse first occurred. He claimed that Father Sajdak blackmailed him with incriminating photos for almost a decade to keep him quiet. According to the Diocese, Father Sajdak was only 2 and a half years older than the boy, and the “conduct” ended almost fifteen years prior to his ordination. A lawyer who represents the diocese, said that because the sexual encounter happened when Father Sajdak was in the seminary, it in effect did not count. Following the recommendation of the Diocese Review Board, Father Sajdak was returned to active ministry in December 2018.
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.