The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Pedophile priest goes on trial
He molested Maryland boy in 2002
That victim settled his civil sex abuse lawsuit for $1.2 million
Just recently, cleric was accused of assaulting two young Massachusetts boys too
Parents and co-workers warned church officials about predator at least 20 years earlier
abusing an altar boy, Brandon Rains, at Mother Seton Parish in Germantown in 2001 and 2002. Cote was an associate pastor there at the time.
The trial will be in Court Room 17, 6th floor, before Judge Louise Scribner. There will be no jury.
In 2003, frustrated with the police investigation, Rains filed a civil lawsuit against Cote and his church superiors. The suit said the Catholic hierarchy knew Cote was “a threat to kids” for more than 20 years, yet kept
moving him and keeping him in ministry until he was sued in 2005. That suit was settled in 2007 for $1.2 million.
In April 2008, Cote was also sued for molesting two Springfield Massachusetts brothers in 2003. The victims were then less than five years old at the time.
Cote committed the Massachusetts crimes while on suspension for molesting Rains
Despite at least six separate, credible child sex abuse allegations, Catholic officials kept Cote working in parishes, until Rains filed his civil lawsuit. Church staffers also refused to tell police about an Ohio parochial teacher who was in touch with another young victim of Cote’s.
Thirty pages of previously-secret documents, disclosed by victims' attorneys, show that Catholic authorities were worried and warned about Cote’s excessive drinking and his disturbing interest in children even during his seminary days. They considered not ordaining him. The case is clear proof, SNAP says, of how church officials in general (and religious orders in particular) ignore the US bishops’ weak and vague child sex abuse policies adopted seven years ago.
Cote, a Massachusetts native, has worked in
Cote belongs to a religious order called the Dominicans. Their headquarters is in New York City. His victims have been represented by attorneys Jeff Anderson (of St. Paul MN, 612 817 8665 cell), MIchael Hoare (of DC) & Michael Dowd (of NY, 212 751 1640 office).
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests