New Accuser Goes Public with Allegations against Manhattan Priest Charged by Seven Others

An alleged sexual abuse victim went public Tuesday with charges against a veteran Catholic priest, becoming the eighth accuser to identify the cleric, who remains active in a Manhattan parish.

“I never thought I would have to come to this moment,” said accuser Joseph Caramanno, 34, at a Manhattan news conference. “I thought that everything would be settled, and he would be removed, and that’s it. … I’m putting my name out there, putting my face out there, so be it. I truly hope something is done. Something that should have been done years ago.”

Caramanno, joined by his attorney Jeff Anderson, accused Msgr. John Paddack of molesting him during a predatory stretch where the priest supposedly targeted his victims between 1984-2002. Lawyers for the victims said the Archdiocese of New York first learned of the charges back in 2012.

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