Diocese of Rochester officially served in child sex abuse cases

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August 29, 2019 10:09 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A law firm representing survivors across the state announced Wednesday that the Diocese of Rochester had been officially served with lawsuits and formal discovery requests.

Attorney Dan Ellis with Herman Law will hold a press conference Thursday in Rochester to discuss the filing of two lawsuits against the Diocese of Rochester and one against the De Paul Clinic, now known as the De Paul Adult Care Communities. It was previously a program of the Catholic Family Center under the Diocese of Rochester.


The requests specifically ask for records on each alleged perpetrator and each allegation of child sexual abuse before and during the period of abuse. Defendants will have 20 days to provide these documents. 

The lawsuits come within the one-year filing window under the Child Victims Act.

In response to the lawsuits, the Diocese says it is "reserving comment on lawsuits out of respect for the legal process and the complainants." 

The press conference will be held at 1 p.m. outside the Diocese of Rochester on Buffalo Road.


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