Former priests with local connections accused of abuse
Aug 16, 2019 1:15 pm
Amanda Purcell is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media a priest who formerly served in Cairo was named in one of the hundreds of lawsuits filed August 14, under New York’s Child Victims Act. Father Sean McMahon, 82, a Roman Catholic priest at Sacred Heart Church in Cairo, was named in a case filed against his employer, the Catholic Diocese of Albany. It is alleged McMahon sexually abused a 16-year-old in the 1980s. “Defendants also breached their duty to plaintiff by actively maintaining and employing Fr. McMahon in a position of power and authority through which Fr. McMahon had access to children, including Plaintiff, and power and control over children, including Plaintiff,” according to papers filed in state Supreme Court in Albany. McMahon was permanently barred from serving as a priest by former Bishop Howard Hubbard in 2003 after McMahon admitted to the sexual abuse of a child in the 1970s. The admission came after the victim reported the abuse to the diocese in early 2003. McMahon, originally from County Kerry, Ireland, began serving the Albany Diocese in 1963 and was assigned to Sacred Heart Church in Cairo in 1974. He also served parishes in Whitehall, Schenectady and Troy. Hubbard, 80, a frequent guest of St. Patrick’s Parish in Catskill and visitor to St. Patrick’s High School, was named as a defendant in a separate action. He is accused of abusing a 16-year-old boy. Other accused priests with connections to Greene County include Father John Bertolucci, Father Jeremiah Nunan and Father Donald Ophals. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.