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Child Victims Act Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Former Youth Hockey Player Assaulted by His Coach

The Buffalo News recently reported on a Child Victims Act lawsuit filed against a Buffalo area youth hockey coach and the organizations affiliated with the hockey association he coached for.

Attorney Richard P. Weisbeck, Jr. filed the Child Victims Act lawsuit on behalf of his client, a former youth hockey player in the Buffalo-based Cazenovia Park Hockey Association.

The lawsuit was filed against the Cazenovia Park Hockey Association, Western New York Amateur Hockey League, New York State Amateur Hockey Association, USA Hockey, and former coach Gerald P. Hayes.

As reported in The Buffalo News, the lawsuit states the victim in this matter was sexually assaulted by his hockey coach, Gerald P. Hayes, from 1983 to 1985 at hockey events and other locations. The victim was between ten to twelve years of age when the abuse occurred.

Media Reports on First Child Victims Act Lawsuit Against USA Hockey, Filed by Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria

Several Western New York media outlets reported on a recent Child Victims Act lawsuit involving a former Depew youth hockey coach.

Richard P. Weisbeck, Jr. and Christina M. Croglio of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria filed the Child Victims Act lawsuit on behalf of their client. As reported by The Buffalo NewsWGRZ, and WKBW; the lawsuit has been filed against former youth hockey coach Douglas Nails, the Saints Youth Hockey Club of Depew, and USA Hockey, which is based in Colorado.

Click on the videos found at the end of this post to watch the reports from WGRZ and WKBW.

Abuse by Youth Hockey Coach

As detailed in media reports, the lawsuit states that the victim in this case was molested by his youth hockey coach for seven years. The sexual assault took place between 1985 through 1992, when the victim was 7 to 15 years of age. The instances of abuse occurred at the hockey coach’s house, at hockey tournaments, and at other events.

Diocese of Buffalo Whistleblower Calls for Removal of Auxiliary Bishop

WIVB News 4 recently interviewed Fr. Ryszard Biernat regarding Fr. Biernat’s call for the removal of Diocese of Buffalo Auxiliary Bishop, Edward Grosz.  Fr. Biernat was joined by his attorney, Barry Covert, for the interview with WIVB.

The Diocese of Buffalo has been the focus of extensive media coverage over the past year for its handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations.  Fr. Biernat has been featured in local and national media recently as a second whistleblower from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.  Prior to taking a personal leave of absence in August, Fr. Ryszard Biernat served as Bishop Richard Malone’s secretary and diocesan vice chancellor for the Diocese of Buffalo.

As detailed in a previous post, Fr. Biernat was concerned about Bishop Richard Malone’s handling of allegations of misconduct against a priest within the Diocese of Buffalo. This concern prompted Fr. Biernat to record Bishop Malone to expose how the Diocese of Buffalo was handling the allegations of misconduct.