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Bishop Peter Libasci of the diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire has been accused of sexually abusing a minor multiple times.
The lawsuit, filed on July 14, accuses Libasci of sexually abusing a young boy in the 1980s while a parish priest in the diocese of Rockville Centre, New York.
Defendants named in the lawsuit include Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church and its parish school, located on Long Island, and the Sisters of St. Joseph, who helped run the school.
One alleged incident of abuse occurred in the sacristy of a parish.
Bishop Libasci maintains his innocence. His attorney said in a statement: "He will be forced to vigorously defend against these false allegations in court."
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) reacted: "We worry that allowing the bishop to remain in ministry may further endanger young lives in New Hampshire."
In 2019, the Manchester diocese released the names of 73 priests accused of sexually abusing children beginning in the 1950s.
Local Catholics are waiting to see how this lawsuit will play out in court.