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New lawsuit filed against Rome priest

Sean I. Mills
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Posted 8/31/19

A new sex abuse lawsuit has been filed against the Rev. Paul F. Angelicchio from the same man as before, this time in Onondaga County Supreme Court. The new lawsuit accuses Angelicchio, two other …

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New lawsuit filed against Rome priest

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A new sex abuse lawsuit has been filed against the Rev. Paul F. Angelicchio from the same man as before, this time in Onondaga County Supreme Court.

The new lawsuit accuses Angelicchio, two other priests and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse of sexual abuse in the late 1980s, as well as the greater cover up. The new lawsuit was filed on Aug. 14 by the law firm Porter Norby Howe LLP of Syracuse.

Angelicchio is pastor of the Catholic Church of St. John the Baptist & Transfiguration on East Dominick Street.

Plaintiff Kevin Braney, age 46, of Colorado, previously filed his lawsuit against Angelicchio in federal court in February following the passage of the Child Victims Act, which extends the statue of limitations for sexual abuse victims to seek criminal charges or file lawsuits. Braney eventually voluntarily dismissed that federal lawsuit in May before the case made any significant movement.

The new lawsuit is filed in the smaller jurisdiction of the Onondaga County Supreme Court.

The lawsuit again accuses Angelicchio of sexually abusing Braney while acting as a clergyman at St. Ann’s Catholic Parish in Manlius, in Onondaga County, in 1988 and 1989.

The lawsuit states that Braney was an altar boy at the church and was 15-years-old.

The lawsuit also names two other priests, Charles Eckermann and James F. Quinn, who are both deceased.

Previously Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said when the allegation against Angelicchio first surfaced, his office thoroughly investigated and found nothing to back up the claim and that Angelicchio vehemently and repeatedly denied the allegations.

The new lawsuit is also pursuing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Robert J. Cunningham and diocese official Jacqueline Bressette for negligence, breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress and other accusations regarding the overall cover up of sexually criminal priests in the greater Syracuse area, along with what Braney claims was personally done to him.

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