October 14, 2005

PRIEST RAPE LEFT ME A MUTE

NEW YORK
New York Post

By MARIANNE GARVEY

October 14, 2005 -- A Brooklyn woman has filed a $27 million suit against the Archdiocese of New York claiming she was left mute for years after an ex-Greenwich Village priest raped her.

Leslie Fray, a 51-year-old nurse's aide and artist, says she was raped three times in 1977 by Father Joseph Cogo, then the pastor at Our Lady of Pompei Church on Carmine Street.

In addition, Cogo, now 71, tried to force her to have sex in a Midtown office, called her repeatedly for phone sex and tried to have sex with her in his bedroom at the rectory, she says. Cogo denies it all. Asked if the charges are true, he replied, "Of course not."

Fray then a 23-year-old Yale graduate says the incidents left her "living like a vegetable" for many years.

Posted by kshaw at October 14, 2005 11:36 AM