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SNAP Press Release
New clergy sex abuse & cover up lawsuit filed
Predator priest’s current whereabouts are unknown
Two former Connecticut bishops are named as defendants
In 2001, cleric pled guilty to seeking sex from a child on the Internet
At least two other child molestation lawsuits have been filed against him
He and others will urge
Castaldo was arrested and charged in 2001 with having explicit sexual conversations on Internet with what he thought was 14 year old boy. (It was actually the police.) He admitted his guilt on those charges in August 2001 and was sentenced to one weekend in jail in New York and five years on probation.
Last year, a Trumbull man filed a similar suit charging Castaldo abused him at St. Theresa’s in the 1980s and that church officials concealed it. That suit is still pending. (Both suits – last year’s and today’s - are filed in New Haven Superior Court.) http://www.connpost.com/ci_11538046
In April 2002, Castaldo was sued for molesting another boy. That case settled in 2005.
Thopsey's attorneys are Joel T. Faxon of New Haven and Jeff Anderson of St. Paul MN. Anderson is the nation’s most experienced clergy sex abuse lawyer and has represented 2,000 men and women who were victimized by Protestant and Catholic clerics since 1983.
Curtis headed the Bridgeport diocese from 1961 through 1988, and Egan headed it from 1988 through 2000. Church officials say Castaldo was ordained in 1987 and was defrocked in 2001. (Often, bishops defrock only the most egregious, serial predator priests.)
Castaldo also worked at four other Bridgeport parishes: St. Mark’s in Stratford (1992-1994), St. Edward the Confessor in New Fairfield (1994-1998), St. Rose of Lima in Newtown (1998-2000), St. Maurice’s in Stamford (2000-2001), and Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford (1984-1986, when it was known as Stamford Catholic, and again from 1999-2001).
The suit seeks unspecified actual and punitive damages in excess of $15,000.
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