Alleged Victim Comes Forward in Case of Fr. Leo Riley

A man who claims he was sexually abused by a Florida priest as a child spoke publicly for the first time in Sarasota on Friday.

Investigators said Father Leo Riley, 68, faces allegations of sex abuse. The alleged incidents occurred in Iowa and date back to the 1980s, before the church transferred him to Florida.

A 32-year-old man said he was sexually abused by Father Riley in the early to mid-2000s. Tragically, this is part of a larger issue within the Catholic Church, something we’ve seen before.

“As a child, I attended Saint Charles School in Port Charlotte, where Father Leo Riley repeatedly abused me for years,” said the man who does not want to be named.

“I never told anybody back then. He said that if I told anyone, he would do to my sister what he was doing to me,” he continued. “I buried these memories very deep, but I couldn’t keep them buried forever.”

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