February 16, 2006

EX-CITY OFFICIAL IN SEX CASE SAYS PRIEST ABUSED HIM

OSWEGO (NY)
The Palladium Times

By ADELE DELSAVIO, Staff Writer
Former Oswego parks superintendent Robert Farrell, who's awaiting trial on morals charges, told a police officer that he was molested by a priest when he was young.

Farell made the allegation the day he was arrested on charges of communicating indecently with 12- and 13-year-old girls on AOL Instant Messenger using his office computer.

(He) said he has reported the incident(s) to the Catholic church who in turn paid for six sessions of recent counseling and told him they had removed the priest from his parish and placed him in a separate living facility, reported Oswego Patrolman Joseph Brancato in court papers.

Farrell, 48, a Catholic, was arrested Aug. 3.

Speaking through his attorney, Jean Brown, Farrell declined Wednesday to name the priest or discuss details of the alleged molestation.

Posted by kshaw at February 16, 2006 07:42 AM