Father William Lombardy
Archdiocese of New York
- St. Mary’s (Bronx, NY)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father William Lombardy:
Fr. William Lombardy was an American chess grandmaster and a former Catholic priest, ordained in 1967.
In January of 2021, two child sexual abuse survivors brought suit against the Archdiocese of New York and St. Mary’s. Both plaintiffs claim to have been abused by the same priest, Lombardy.
During the time of the abuse, the two former altar boys were each in the 7th grade, ages 11 and 12, when they were abused separately by Lombardy at St. Mary’s in the Bronx, New York. The alleged sexual abuse involved Lombardy touching each of them and himself inappropriately.
According to media reports, the complaint alleges that the Archdiocese and St. Mary’s were aware of numerous priests, clerics, and employees sexually abusing children but fostered a culture of silence among their leaders. This lawsuit has been filed using the Child Victims Act (CVA), which allows adult survivors of childhood abuse to file claims against their abusers and the institutions that enabled the abuse for a limited period of time, even if they would previously have been considered expired under the statute of limitations. CVA lawsuits can be filed at any point until August 14, 2021.
Lombardy died in 2017.
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