Child Victims Act

Mike Baggerman
August 30, 2019 - 12:56 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Four cases of sex abuse have been brought against Ken-Ton Schools and allege former Hoover Elementary fifth-grade teacher Arthur Werner sexually abused four boys in the 1970s. Werner is accused of sexually abusing the four boys from 1972 to 1974 by repeatedly assaulting them...
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BUFFALO (WBEN) - Two more Western New York Priests are beilng placed on administrative leave following allegations within lawsuits filed under the Child Victims Act. Paul Nogaro, a Pastor at St. Stephen Parish on Grand Island, and Rev. Msgr. Peter Popadick, a Pastor at St. Aloysius Parish in...
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - "This is the right step for victims." Maureen Hurley, of the Lay Catholic group, Movement to Restore Trust(MRT), said she can't say she's surprised at the scope of the claims filed on the first day under the Child Victim's Act. 110 local claims were filed on day one under the...
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Diocese of Buffalo (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
August 15, 2019 - 7:16 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The following are the lawsuits filed under the Child Victim's Act during the first day of the one-year look back window. Robert D Planter et al v. Pascal D Ipolito et al HW1 ROE et al v. THE DIOCESE OF BUFFALO, NEW YORK et al AB 45 DOE v. THE DIOCESE OF BUFFALO, N.Y. et al...
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James Faluszczak and Paul Barr outside the Diocese of Buffalo. August 14, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Mike Baggerman
August 15, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - With hundreds of lawsuits against the Diocese of Buffalo and other organizations already filed in the one-year "look back" window, sex abuse survivor James Faluszczak stressed patience throughout the legal proceedings. When asked about the emotional first day of lawsuits...
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Tom Puckett
August 14, 2019 - 2:46 pm
Irvine, CA (WBEN) A woman who attended Wellsville Schools in 1980 claims she was raped repeatedly by a janitor and the principal at the time did nothing to stop the attacks. Joanne Schoonmaker is now suing the Wellsville Central School District. Schoonmaker alleges rape by Robert Alexander Wade who...
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Tom Puckett
August 14, 2019 - 4:00 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The window is open for victims of sexual abuse to come forward under the Child Victims Act. One retired judge says courts are going to be even busier. "I believe the courts are going to be inundated," says retired State Supreme Court Judge Penny Wolfgang. "The attorneys have been...
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Brendan Keany
August 13, 2019 - 1:06 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - On Tuesday morning, representatives from Weitz & Luxenberg, a law firm from New York City, stood in front of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo to announce their plans to file more than 100 cases in Erie County when the one-year look-back window under the Child...
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August 11, 2019 - 8:49 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Hundreds, possibly thousands of people who say they were molested as children in New York state are expected to go to court this week to sue their alleged abusers and the institutions they say failed them, including the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, public schools and...
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Tom Puckett
March 15, 2019 - 2:28 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Assemblywoman Monica Wallace is introducing a bill requiring members of the clergy to report child abuse. Her bill, the CARE Act, comes weeks after the state passed the child victims act. “The Child Victims Act was a historic first step in bringing abusers to justice and allowing...
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