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December 5, 2020

Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP Files Lawsuits Against Diocese of Brooklyn and St. Martin of Tours-Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel Parish

New York City law firm Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP has filed a lawsuit in Kings County Supreme Court (525260/2019), alleging that while working as a priest at St. Martin of Tours-Bushwick, Fr. John R. Dwyer repeatedly sexually assaulted a minor male congregant. 

Beginning around 1983, when the minor victim was close to 14 years old, and ongoing for years, Fr. Dwyer continued to abuse the boy. St. Martin of Tours-Bushwick was part of Defendant St. Martin of Tours-Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel Parish, and the Parish was and still is part of the Diocese of Brooklyn, a/k/a The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, New York.

Fr. Dwyer was a Roman Catholic cleric employed by the Diocese and the Parish throughout the time during which he preyed upon and sexually abused this boy. The child congregant attended religious services and participated in youth activities, including confirmation classes, at St. Martin of Tours. 

Due to credible allegation of sexual abuse, Fr. Dwyer was laicized in 2002. Now, as a man, Dwyer’s victim is finally able to bring the lawsuit. 

This lawsuit was filed under New York’s Child Victims Act, which allows innocent victims of child sexual abuse, like this child, the opportunity to seek compensation and hold their perpetrators accountable. Prior to the enactment of the Child Victims Act earlier this year, the statute of limitations would have already expired for this child sexual abuse victim.  

Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP has filed a lawsuit against The Diocese of Brooklyn and St. Martin of Tours-Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel Parish on behalf of this adult survivor of child sexual abuse.   

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If you were sexually abused at The Diocese of Brooklyn and St. Martin of Tours-Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel Parish, Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP can help. Schedule a free, confidential consultation by calling 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462).  

The compassionate New York child sexual abuse lawyers at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP are there to listen. We understand that coming forward is very difficult. We can help. We will walk you through the process. We are committed to holding accountable abusers and institutions like The Diocese of Brooklyn and St. Martin of Tours-Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel Parish. The call is free. The consultation is free. You don’t pay unless we are successful.