Buffalo Diocese Quietly Removed and Paid Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct

A new report reveals that a priest of the diocese of Buffalo was allowed to quietly move down south after allegations of sexual impropriety and was left on the diocesan payroll for years.

WKBW investigative reporter Charlie Specht notes that Paul Salemi, a Buffalo priest since 2000, was quietly placed on administrative leave in 2012 by then-bishop Richard Malone.

Salemi never returned from that leave of absence. He moved to Georgia, but remained on the diocesan payroll until last week, when the diocese announced it was removing from its payroll 23 priests credibly accused of sexual misconduct.

Salemi’s former parishioners recounted that the priest had anger issues. However, internal documents show Salemi was also accused of sexual misconduct against a young man he had met through his duties as a priest.

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