New Child Victims Act lawsuit names Diocese of Rochester, local Boy Scout council

Updated: September 10, 2019 08:28 PM
Created: September 10, 2019 03:44 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Another lawsuit has been filed under the Child Victims Act.

The Diocese of Rochester and the Seneca Waterways, the local council of the Boy Scouts of America, are both named. It's the first time the Seneca Waterways has been named in a lawsuit related to the Child Victims Act.


According to court paperwork, the plaintiff claims that he was sexually abused by Father Robert O'Neill. He volunteered for the Boy Scouts.

O'Neill, who passed away in 2005, has been named in several other lawsuits.

The lawsuit claims the Boy Scouts of America failed to investigate or remove O'Neill from working with children. 

In a statement to News10NBC, Seneca Waterways Council said, "We were not aware of any lawsuits against the Seneca Waterways Council until media brought it to our attention, and have not been served any papers. We are appalled that anyone, especially someone in a position of reverence that garners trust in young people, would take advantage of the Scouting program to harm a child."

The Diocese of Rochester has repeatedly said it does not comment on pending litigation.

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