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A priest with multiple allegations of sexual abuse dating back decades has returned to active ministry, even though a legal case against him is now in court.
The diocese of Buffalo, which reinstated Fr. Dennis Riter this June to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Dunkirk, has now been sued by one of Riter's alleged victims, Matthew Golden. The diocese maintains that decades-old allegations against Riter were unsubstantiated, but Golden's lawsuit filed Aug. 30 cites one case, which was documented in 1992.
The lawsuit says the diocese received in May 1992 "a letter from a student at Christ the King Seminary reporting that he witnessed Fr. Riter sexually abusing a 6-year-old boy at Queen of All Saints Church" where Riter was pastor.
Church Militant has a copy of this letter by the "student," Wieslaw Walawender, who was assigned to Riter's parish for pastoral ministry at the time of the incident. The letter recounts the incident and asks that a meeting be set up to discuss the allegations in greater detail.