Father Bill Lombardy, a former priest and grandmaster chess player, portrayed in a movie about chess player Bobby Fischer by actor Peter Sarsgaard, has been accused of child sex abuse.
In a new lawsuit by two prior altar boys, Father Bill Lombardy is accused of sexually abusing the two boys when they were altar boys.
Lombardy, who died at age 79, is accused in the lawsuit of sexually abusing these two students in the 1960s, when he was a teacher in the Bronx at St. Mary’s School.
Lombardy is also known for his training of Bobby Fischer from age 11 through his win -which made history at the chess world championship in Iceland in 1972.
Lombardy allegedly groomed 11-year-old Anthony Mazzucca that same year, by telling him he would teach him how to play chess before allegedly sexually abusing him.
One of the boys said that he was in middle school in 1968 when Lombardy allegedly abused him on several occasions, according to the court documents.
Mazzucca and Telesca, the two victims claiming suit, also claim being sexually abused by another priest at the school, Raymond Foster.
Mazzucca said he tried to tell the school about the alleged abuse by Foster and was told “he would go to hell if he kept saying things like that,”.
Neither Foster nor Lombardy are named as defendants in the lawsuit. The suit is against the Archdiocese of New York and St. Mary’s claiming negligence .