October 13, 2005

Lawsuit alleges abuse by priest

Albany Times Union

By ANNE MILLER, Staff writer
First published: Thursday, October 13, 2005

SCHENECTADY -- A Manhattan businessman and theater producer raised in Loudonville contends that a former Albany priest molested him while both were at Camp Tekawitha, a summer camp on Lake Luzerne, about 40 years ago.

The priest, identified in court papers as the Rev. Joseph Romano, was a seminarian working at the camp. The businessman, identified as J. David Enright IV, was 7 years old.

John A. Aretakis, Enright's attorney, has filed a summons in New York County Court seeking $5 million from Romano, Bishop Howard J. Hubbard and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.

Enright, 51, claims Romano molested him several times during two summers at the overnight camp "in 1961 or 1962." Enright also has stated that the encounters led to him being homosexual.

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