Accused Priest Stands To Inherit $2 Million; SNAP Responds
(For Immediate Release August 11, 2022)
Despite the protests of her relatives, an Erie County court has decided that David W. Bialkowski, a Catholic priest suspected of sexually assaulting minors, can spend a dead parishioner's $2 million fortune as he pleases.
We echo the statement of counsel representing the family, "Just as he apparently 'groomed' young boys, he has become the sole beneficiary under the will of a wealthy elderly widow," attorney Sean A. Fitzgerald, a court-appointed guardian representing relatives of Peters, said of Bialkowski in court records. “The methods of grooming (a) boy or teenager are the same as the methods of exercising undue influence over a person.”
As we see it, Bialkowski does not deserve stability in his life, and yet, he barricades what he believes is rightfully his, adding a grieving family to his list of alleged victims. We also applaud the attorney representing two men who claim Bialkowski abused them as children. A motion has been filed asking the court to freeze the funds until their Child Victims Act lawsuits are resolved, which are stayed by a state judge while the Diocese of Buffalo is in bankruptcy proceedings.
It is no surprise to us to learn of Bialkowski’s greed. He denied accusations that date back to 2011, quiet and content on his leave of absence until he found his pearl. It takes a morally bankrupt person to befriend a parishioner in hopes of monetary gain. If he had any ounce of decency, he would relinquish all rights to the $2 million.
We hope the Judge hearing the motion to place these funds in escrow can see the greed and dirty hands in this case and makes the right decision to not allow Bialkowski these funds.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for more than 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)