East Meadow church abuse suit in jury's hands

Tuesday marked day two of deliberations in a $150 million lawsuit against an East Meadow Catholic parish and the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Former youth minister Matthew Maiello admitted raping and

News 12 Staff

May 8, 2007, 9:56 PM

Updated 6,283 days ago

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Tuesday marked day two of deliberations in a $150 million lawsuit against an East Meadow Catholic parish and the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Former youth minister Matthew Maiello admitted raping and sodomizing four teenagers back in 2003 while working at St. Raphael's Church in East Meadow. He served more than two years in prison.
Two of his victims are suing, claiming the church knew what Maiello was doing to them but did nothing to stop it. The plaintiffs, now in their early 20s, are asking the jury to find the pastor of St. Raphael's, the parish and the diocese guilty of negligence in the hiring and supervision of Maiello.
A lawyer for the defense insisted in closing arguments that the church had no way of knowing the abuse took place and that Maiello alone is responsible for the sex abuse.
Related Information:Youth minister cross-examined in church neglect suit Youth minister testifies for victims in neglect suit Victim testifies sexual abuse went on inside church Witnesses: Priest ignored warnings of sexual abuse Diocese of Rockville Centre neglect lawsuit goes to trial


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