Several sex abuse lawsuits filed under Child Victims Act against Catholic priests in the Diocese of Ogdensburg

in the Diocese of Ogdensburg, which includes the North Country. 

For the first time, there are 7 priests named, who worked during periods spanning between 1961- 1989,  including clerics who served in Malone, Dannemora, Lowville, Massena, Schroon Lake, Parishville, Potsdam, and Crown Point. Three other priests are also named as the subjects of prior lawsuits.

TheDiocese of Ogdensburg announced that it was exploring bankruptcy, as it has  dozens of sexual assault claims against them. 

It is important to note that the window for the Child victims Act is set to expire in August, but was extended until January due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The accused Priests are listed as:

  • Monsignor John F. Pendergast, at St. Mary in Massena, NY
  • Father Donald E. Seguin,  at Sacred Heart in Crown Point, NY
  • Father George A. Fontaine,  at Our Lady of Lourdes in Schroon Lake, NY
  • Monsignor F. Gordon Coseo, at Notre Dame in Malone, NY
  • Father Joseph W. Elliott,  at St. Michael in Parishville, NY and St. Mary in Potsdam, NY
  • Father Frank M. Kearns,  at St. Joseph in Dannemora, NY
  • Monsignor Joseph F. Luker,  at St. Peter in Lowville, NY

 As a result of the Child Victims Act’s one-year window, victims must swiftly assess and prepare any potential claims they may have against the entities responsible for their abuse. Herman Law represents hundreds of victims of childhood sexual abuse in New York, many of whom have been victims of the widespread problem of sex abuse within the Catholic Church.

Herman Law is a law firm for victims of sexual abuse across the nation. The firm is led by its founder Jeff Herman, who is recognized as one of the country’s leading attorneys for child victims of sexual abuse. The firm has obtained over $200 million in verdicts and settlements. Jeff has developed a national reputation for his powerful advocacy and unwavering dedication to his clients. Herman Law is committed to empowering victims of sexual abuse to take back their lives and begin the healing process.

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