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Former Buffalo Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse lawsuit filed against former Buffalo priest still preaching in CA


NEW YORK (WBFO 88.7) A one-time Buffalo Catholic priest, who is now on suspension as an Episcopal priest in Los Angeles, allegedly molested at least two people here [New York] before leaving the Catholic Church. Paul Kowalewski is now facing a lawsuit.

In this latest case, Patricia Harner says she was sexually abused by Paul Kowalewski when he was a Buffalo seminarian. Subsequently, he was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1973 and left a few years later, resurfacing as an Episcopal priest in the Syracuse area and eventually in California.

Harner said she held off going public since her alleged attack in 1971.

“I was so ashamed. I was so embarrassed and full of guilt and my family was so Catholic. I didn’t know what to do,” Harner said. “I didn’t say anything to anybody until two years ago when I told my husband. I kept it to myself.”

“No child is a match for a seasoned pedophile,” said nationally recognized sex abuse attorney Jeff Herman. “Children become groomed and compliant for what’s going on.” The time has finally come for survivors of sexual abuse in New York. “The healing process begins as soon as a survivor speaks about the tragedy that happened to them,” said Jeff.

With the recent passage of the New York Child Victims Act, Herman Law is investigating sex abuse cases against the Catholic Church, Boy Scouts, temples, and schools in New York. The firm’s New York office already represents several victims whose cases were precluded by the old statute of limitations.

If you are a survivor of sexual abuse in New York, Herman Law may be able to help you achieve long-overdue justice. Jeff Herman is a trailblazer in the representation of victims of sexual abuse, devoting 100% of his practice to the cause. Renowned for his aggressive and tireless advocacy on behalf of his clients, Jeff understands the unique issues involved in the representation of survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

Jeff Herman and his team only handle sexual abuse cases and have represented over 1,000 victims since 1997. The firm offers free consultations and works on a contingency basis. Now is the time to reach out and seek justice.

Please contact us today to discuss your options.

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