Diocese of Rockville Centre neglect lawsuit goes to trial

A lawsuit alleging the Long Island Catholic church failed to act in a sexual abuse case went to trial Monday. The suit claims the diocese failed to act against a youth minister who sexually abused two

News 12 Staff

Apr 16, 2007, 10:43 PM

Updated 6,302 days ago

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A lawsuit alleging the Long Island Catholic church failed to act in a sexual abuse case went to trial Monday.
The suit claims the diocese failed to act against a youth minister who sexually abused two people when they were teenagers. Michael Dowd, an attorney that represents one alleged male and one alleged female victim, said Matthew Maiello had abused his clients. In the suit, the victims claim they confronted church officials, but they neglected to take action against Maiello. The minister served more than two years in prison after pleading guilty to rape and sodomy in 2003.
St. Raphael's Church in East Meadow, its pastor, the Reverend Thomas Haggerty, and the Diocese of Rockville Centre are named in the suit. The plaintiffs are seeking $150 million in damages. Brian Davey, a church attorney, said Maiello is responsible for the sexual attacks, not the church.
The lawsuit is especially noteworthy because the vast majority of sexual abuse cases are settled out of court. The trial is expected to last about three to four weeks.


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