Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Ogdensburg
The most northern Diocese in New York State, Ogdensburg comprises eight counties, 99 parishes, approximately 500,000 people and 126 priests. In 2002, Diocesan Administrator Monsignor Richard Lawler stated that since 1950, 56 people, 37 of whom were minors at the time, have made sexual-abuse allegations against 35 clergymen within the Diocese. The Diocese determined that the allegations against 23 of the priests were credible. The identities of all 35 priests have not been disclosed to the public.
In 2018, Church officials announced an independent compensation plan for survivors of sexual abuse within the Diocese of Ogdensburg. Serving more as a stopgap rather than a long-term solution, this plan is extremely limited in its capacity to help clergy sex abuse survivors find justice. We recommend that survivors pursue healing and justice through the New York Child Victims Act and urge you to contact legal counsel prior to taking action.
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