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Former Catholic High School Coach accused of sexually abusing student more than 50 years ago

A lawsuit filed under the Child Victims Act last month in the state Supreme Court of Broome County claims a former Seton Catholic High School in Endicott sexually abused a child more than two dozen times back in the early 1970’s.

Former Coach Vincent Dutkowski, who died in 2012, is accused of leveraging his position to gain the victim’s trust and confidence before abusing him.

According to the suit, in 1972, the 14-year-old boy helped out as a ballboy and assistant during basketball practices where Dutkowski allegedly used those encounters to sexually abuse the teen on approximately 25 occasions both at his office and his home.

The former Seton Catholic High School in Endicott and Seton Catholic Central in Binghamton are defendants in the lawsuit. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, which merged with the former Seton Catholic and Catholic Central high schools in 1976, is also named in the lawsuit. 

The lawsuit, like others filed under the Child Victims Act, argues the institutions should have had reason to know the accused person posed a danger to commit sexual abuse.

“We thank the brave survivors who have told their stories of abuse in every sector of society,” New York State Bishops said in a joint statement concerning the Child Victims Act’s passage in 2019. “Their witness has moved us all. We renew our commitment to combatting the monstrous crime of childhood sexual abuse and helping all survivors find recourse and reconciliation as they heal.”

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