Diocese Issues Statement on Child Porn Suspect

Diocese says no complaints of inappropriate conduct at Queen of Heaven School

Tom Puckett
July 05, 2019 - 3:38 pm
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The Buffalo Diocese has issued a statement regarding a former school psychologist accused of possessing child porn.

The diocese says David Calaiacovo was the psychologist for the West Seneca District and therefore, did some testing at Queen of Heaven. The diocese says even though there were no complaints of inappropriate conduct at Queen of Heaven, all parents were promptly alerted by the Principal, Mary Damico.

Diocesan Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael LaFever, continues to examine whether Calaiacovo participated, in any capacity, with our other Catholic Schools.

Here is Queen of Heaven Principal, Mary Damico’s, message to parents sent July 4th:

“Good morning families & Happy 4th of July!

I just want to reach out to our families regarding the recent news article about a former West Seneca (WS) employee, Mr. Dave Calaiacovo. After speaking to Matt Bystrak, the WS Superintendent, Fr. Greg and I want everyone to know that we are very vigilant here and have the students' safety at the forefront of our minds. Mr. Calaiacovo has been in our building to conduct testing on various students in his capacity as the school district's school psychologist.

Fr. Greg and I want to echo Mr. Bystrak's statement to the district's parents: "Today the District was informed that a former staff member was arrested on charges relating to child pornography. The safety and welfare of our students is of the highest priority. We are not aware of any allegations of inappropriate conduct toward students and are fully prepared to cooperate with law enforcement on this matter. We will continue to closely monitor the situation as it unfolds."

We want to express our willingness to work with all parents to discern if there were any concerns coming from the students regarding this. Please feel free to reach out to me or Fr. Greg with concerns. Mr. Bystrak also wanted to let our parents know he is available to help if needed as well. I realize this is not the kind of news that you want on your holiday; however, it is important for you to know that we are not taking this matter lightly.

Sincerely, Mary Damico, Principal”
 

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