The Brooklyn Diocese introduced this week that it could be relieving an 86-year-old priest of his duties after it substantiated a virtually 50-year-old sexual abuse case towards him.
An inside diocese investigation discovered that allegations made in Oct. 2020 towards Rev. Peter Mahoney are credible. The aged priest has been added to the record of credibly accused clergymen maintained by the diocese.
The allegations date again to the Nineteen Seventies when Mahoney was serving as a minister to St. Martin of Excursions in Bushwick and because the principal of a neighborhood Catholic faculty. Lately, Mahoney served as a part-time minister to St. Anne Catholic Church, and St. Nicholas of Tolentine, each in Queens.
Mahoney was named in a lawsuit filed in April of 2021 using the Little one Victims Act in Kings County Supreme Court docket, which accuses the priest of grooming and sexually abusing a sufferer when he was 12 and 13 years outdated.
“Father Mahoney used his position as a priest to groom and to sexually abuse the decedent,” reads the summons. “Father Mahoney used his position of trust and authority as a priest and school principal of the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Church of St. Leonard Port Maurice School to groom [the decedent] and sexually abuse and/or assault him at least once.”
The lawsuit accuses Mahoney of asking to see if the sufferer was circumcised, earlier than performing oral intercourse on him. It additionally alleges that employees members of St. Leonard Port Maurice College had been current on the time of a number of the abuses.
The Diocese says it doesn’t think about their motion proof of the guilt of Mahoney, however reasonably an admission that there’s a risk that wrongdoing passed off. The lawsuit-plagued diocese has taken steps to stop abuse in latest months, most lately by creating an Workplace for the Safety of Kids and Younger Folks.