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Hundreds of child sex abuse lawsuits to be filed in Erie County

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Hundreds of child sex abuse lawsuits to be filed in Erie County

AND WE DO BEGINWITH BREAKINGNEWS THIS NOON.WE HAVE LEARNEDTHE NAMES OF 11MORE PRIESTS ANDNUNS ACCUSED OFSEXUAL ABUSEWITHIN THE BUFFALODIOCESE.AMONG THEM IS THEFORMER LONGTIMEDIRECTOR OF YOUTHMINISTRY FOR THECHURCH.THEY WILL BE NAMEDIN LAWSUITS FILEDTOMORROW UNDERTHE CHILD VICTIMSACT.THE PICTURESOUTLINED IN RED ARETHE NEVER-BEFORE-NAMED CLERGYACCUSED OF ABUSE.THEY INCLUDEFATHER GARBAGLEY... SECOND TOTHE LEFT ON THETOP.HE SERVED AS YOUTHDIRECTOR FROM 1986TO 2001.

HE DIED IN2006.IN FACT MANY OF THECLERGY NAMED HAVESINCE PASSED AWAY...ALTHOUGH THE 7EYEWITNESS NEWSI-TEAM HAS LEARNEDONE OF THE DOZENSOF LAWSUITS THATWILL BE FILEDAGAINST THEDIOCESETOMORROW..ACCUSES AN ACTIVEPRIEST OF SEXUALLYABUSING A VICTIMWHEN HE WAS 8-YEARS-OLD.IN ALL -- ATTORNEYSACROSS WESTERNNEW YORK AND THESTATE ARE EXPECTEDTO FILE HUNDREDSOF CIVIL CASESOVERNIGHT...LET'S GO TO 7EYEWITNESS NEWSREPORTER ED REILLY.HE'S LIVE IN BUFFALOWHERE ONE LAWFIRM JUST WRAPPEDUP ITS OWN NEWSCONFERENCE.

ED.IT IS ANYONES GUESSHOW MANY LAWSUITSWILL BE FILED WHENTHE ONE-YEARLOOKBACK WINDOWOPENS FOR THECHILD VICTIMS ACTTOMORROW.BUT LEGAL EXPERTSARE PREDICTING ITWILL BE A HUGEAMOUNT.THIS MORNING, THELAW FIRM OF WIETZAND LUXENBERGHELD A PRESSCONFERENCE INFRONT OF THEDIOCESE OF BUFFALO.AN ATTORNEY FORTHE FIRM SAID ITPLANS TO FILE MORETHAN 100 CASES ONBEHALD OF SEXABUSE VICTIMS INERIE COUNTY OVERTHE NEXT YEAR.THE FIRST TWO WILLBE FILE TOMORROWAGAINST THE DIOCESOF BUFFALO.ONE ALLEGES THAT APRINICIPAL AT STFRANCIS HIGHSCHOOL IN THE 1970'SABUSED A 16-YEAR-OLD BOY.THE SECOND,ALLEGES THAT APASTOR AT ALL SAINTSCHURCH IN THE 1960'ABUSED A 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL.WE HAVE PEOPLE ITHEIR 20 AND IN THIER90; .

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.HAVE BEENAWAITING THIERMOMENT"CONT VO: 1WEITZ ANDLUXENBERG ISREPRESENTING 1,200SEX ABUSESURVIVORS ACROSSNEW YORK STATE.AND WHILE PRIESTABUSE CASES ARETHE MOST HIGHLY-PUBLICIZED .

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THEFIRM ACTUALLY SAIDTHE MAJORITY OF ITLAWSUITS WILLFOCUS ON SCHOOLDISTRICTS, FOSTERCARE CASES, SUMERCAMP COUNSELORAND INDIVIDUALFAMILY MEMBERS.NOW THISAFTERNOON, LOCALATTORNEY STEVEBOYD AND THE LAWFIRM OF JEFFANDERSON ANDASSOCIATES WILL BEHOLDING IT OWNPRESS CONFERENCETO ANNOUNCE ITLAWSUIT.AND WE'VE BEENTOLD THAT A NUMBERTHOSE WILL TARGET ANUMBER OF PRIESTAND NUNS WHOWORKED IN THEDIOCES OF BUFFALO.LIVE IN BUFFALO, EDREILLY 7 EWNAND OUR CO




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