The Diocese comprises 12 counties in New York State (Monroe, Cayuga, Livingston, Wayne, Tioga, Tompkins, Ontario, Seneca, Schuyler, Yates, Steuben, and Chemung) with 350, 000 Catholics in 125 parishes. The Diocese was created in 1868.
Since the 1950’s, at least 19 priests of the Diocese of Rochester have been accused of priest sexual abuse.
Reverend David Bonin
abused two boys during the 1980’s.
Rev Thomas Burr
ordained 1961; removed in 2002 after abuse allegations surfaced
Reverend Albert Cason
ordained 1962; removed in 1985 after numerous sex abuse allegations
Rev Bernard Casper
ordained 1955; originally ordained for Pueblo CO; abused boys in Rochester, two of whom were in the custody of Casper as their guardian. Rochester diocese denied giving Casper permission to serve as a priest
Reverend Thomas Corbett
ordained 1965; charged with 3rd degree sex abuse of a woman
Rev John Costello, SJ
ordained 1984; accused of sex abuse of 15 year old high school student
Reverend Eugene Emo
ordained 1961; arrested and convicted of sexually abusing a 31 year old mentally disabled man; He’s had numerous prior sex abuse allegations. In 1999, charged with violating his probation by having contact with a 16 year old boy
Rev John Gormley
ordained 1959; admitted to abuse of boy in 1966; ordained in spite of church knowledge of previous sex abuse
Reverend David Gramkee
ordained 1966; abused teen girl in 1970’s
Rev Robert Hammond
ordained 1967; abused boy while director of Summer Youth Program
Reverend William Lum
ordained 1969; pled guilty in 1997 of sexual abuse of 16 year old boy in 1992
Rev Robert O’Neill
ordained 1962; abused and sued by 10 men.
Reverend Foster Rogers
ordained 1966; two men accused him of abuse when they were young boys in 1970’s.
Rev Dennis Sewar
charged with abuse of 14 year old boy
Reverend David Simon
ordained 1967; abused teenage boys from 1973 to 1982. Removed in 2002 after victims complained that Diocese knew about abuse and had failed to remove him earlier.
Rev John Steger
ordained 1951; charged with sexually abusing 12 year old girl. Died before trial.
Reverend Francis Vogt
ordained 1938; Vogt molested pre-teen boys in 1950s-1970s at St. Bridget Church
Rev Michael Volino
charged with possession of child porn on his computer. Pled guilty and registered as a sex offender.
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