Father Mieczyslaw “Matt” Nycz
Diocese of Buffalo
Assigned as follows:
- Sacred Heart School (NY)
- SS. Peter and Paul (Williamsville, NY)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Mieczyslaw “Matt” Nycz:
Three priests have been placed on leave in response to claims in a lawsuit filed by a man who claims that they sexually abused him in the 1990s, the Diocese of Buffalo announced Saturday. One of the priests placed on leave was Fr. Mieczyslaw “Matt” Nycz. Bishop Michael Fisher said the priests all “deny ever committing any acts of abuse” but were placed on leave pending an investigation.
The Diocese also notified the Erie County District Attorney’s Office of the claims, which emerged in a lawsuit last month. According to media reports, the lawsuit was filed by an Erie County man who had been a student at Sacred Heart School at the time of the alleged abuse.
The man filing suit is claiming that the priests forced him and other students to engage in sexual contact with other underage female students. He’s also claiming that these acts were filmed by the priests. The alleged abuse occurred on school grounds and in “the confessional rooms,” according to the lawsuit.
The suit alleges that the plaintiff was abused by Fr. Nycz from 1997 to 1998 when he was 12 to 13 years old.
In October 2021, the Bishop of Buffalo reinstated Nycz to active ministry after the self-serving internal investigation by the Diocese failed to substantiate the allegations.
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