Another claim of sexual advances against a priest
A second woman has come forward with claims of unwanted sexual advances by an area priest.
Father Secondo Casarotto was removed from his pastorate at St. Anthony's Church in downtown Buffalo on January 14th following news of the first complaint.
The second claim, however, originally made in 2008, was never reported to the proper authorities.
"The employee did come forward today and say yes, I did receive this complaint in 2008, but didn't do anything with it," said Catholic Diocese of Buffalo spokesman Kevin Keenan.
Keenan said the matter is now in the hands of Bishop Edward Kmiec.
"Now we're in the very early stages of trying to determine why this did happen, and once we have the necessary information, then the Bishop will be making a decision of what type of disciplinary action will be taken against this employee," said Keenan.
Keenan said there is a specific procedure in place to handle such complaints that was not followed.
Casarotto, incidentally, is not a diocesan priest. He is a member of a small religious order based in New York. He has served as Pastor at St. Anthony's in Buffalo for 25 years.