Bishop Malone Decides on Four Priests Accused of Abuse

Allegations against two of four accused priests substantiated

Tom Puckett
December 14, 2018 - 5:14 pm

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Bishop Richard Malone says allegations against two of four priests investigated have been substantiated and those priests will remain on administrative leave.

Malone says the Diocesan Review Board met Thursday and "carefully considered the reports of Investigator Scott F. Riordan who was asked to investigate allegations of abuse against four priests of the Diocese of Buffalo."

Malone says he has determined allegations of child sexual abuse against Rev. Fabian J. Maryanski and Rev. Mark J. Wolski have been substantiated, and they will remain on administrative leave while the results of the Diocesan investigation are reviewed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican in Rome, who will make the final determination.

Based on the information presented at this time, Malone says allegations of child sexual abuse against Rev. Roy Herberger and Msgr. Frederick R. Leising have not been substantiated, and they have returned to active ministry.

Complete statement released by the Diocese of Buffalo:

On December 13, 2018, the Diocesan Review Board met and carefully considered the reports of Investigator Scott F. Riordan who was asked to investigate allegations of abuse against four priests of the Diocese of Buffalo.

As a result of these reports and the recommendations of the Diocesan Review Board, Bishop Richard J. Malone has made the following determinations:

Based on the information presented at this time, allegations of child sexual abuse against Rev. Fabian J. Maryanski and Rev. Mark J. Wolski have been substantiated, and they will remain on administrative leave while the results of the Diocesan investigation are reviewed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican in Rome, who will make the final determination.

Based on the information presented at this time, allegations of child sexual abuse against Rev. Roy Herberger and Msgr. Frederick R. Leising have not been substantiated, and they have returned to active ministry.

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