UTICA- Victims reached out to NEWSChannel 2 wanting to share their experience of alleged abuse from clergy members within the Syracuse Diocese.
On Monday morning, the diocese released a list of names of clergy members accused of sexual abuse of a minor since 1950. After hearing our report, Lincoln Franchell, of Utica, contacted us wanting to share his story.
He told us it all started when he was 13. He said he was walking down the hallway in school and the janitor brought him to Monsignor H. Charles Sewall's office. "He took my clothes off and made me search for items that I could have stolen from the young girls that were at the school," said Franchell.
He said the abuse happened about 15-25 times over the course of three years and he's had to seek counseling.
Franchell expressed some sort of relief after the diocese released the names of the accusers. "At least the church is not hiding him behind their cloak, so it is a good thing, because their might be other people like myself that would be willing to come forth."
Tom Tresoline, an East Utica resident said it's about time. "I think it's long over due, I've been an advocate of that too, it should have came out years ago instead of putting it under the rug."
NEWSChannel 2 did reach out to Father Joe Salerno for comment but he was unavailable on Monday night, and said he would talk to us later in the week.
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