Five former Catholic school students have accused Monsignor John Paddack of sexually abusing them when they were boys attending schools and churches in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. The men allege that the priest would isolate them from other students, sought to offer them advice in private and then groped them. Sexual encounters, which were similarly described by all five men, include Paddack putting his knee in their groin area, asking them to remove their clothes so he could examine them, and touching their private areas.
The men, four of whom wish to remain anonymous, intend to file lawsuits against Paddack and the New York Archdiocese under the Child Victims Act, which Gov. Cuomo signed into law on February 14, 2019.
Paddack currently works as the administrator of the Church of Notre Dame on the Upper West Side, a position to which he was appointed in 2011 by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. During his days at Cardinal Hayes, from 1991 to 1998, he served as a teacher and guidance counselor. Paddack has denied the allegtions.
Details of the Child Victims Act
The Child Victims Act amends the New York statute of limitations and the need to file a notice of claim against a municipal, city or state agency in all sexual abuse/assault cases that occurred when that person was under the age of 18.
The law allows all expired claims to be filed after 6 months from the date the statute became effective and for the period of one year thereafter. Thus, any individual who was the victim of sexual abuse or assault when they were younger than 18 will have a period of 1 year and 6 months to resurrect their otherwise expired claim.
The statute also amends the age of the victim in which the time period begins to run. In this respect, the statute of limitations in all sexual abuse/ assault begins to run at the age of 55, instead of 18.
NYC Child Sex Abuse Attorney
If you or a loved one has been the victim of child sexual abuse, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Although no amount of money will undo the harm caused, it can bring a sense of justice and closure for victims. For more information or to consult with an experienced NYC child sex abuse attorney, please call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-646-798-1535.