Buffalo Priest Put On Leave After Child Sex Complaint

Buffalo’s ABC affiliate reports:

The Diocese of Buffalo placed Monsignor Peter J. Popadick on leave for the second time Wednesday, after previously allowing the priest to return to ministry.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the diocese wrote that Popadick was placed on administrative leave after it received a child sexual abuse complaint. Popadick serves as the pastor of St. Aloysius Gonzaga in Cheektowaga.

Diocese spokesman Joe Martone told 7 News the claim is more than 20 years old. Bishop Richard J. Malone placed Popadick on leave in August 2019 after a lawsuit was filed under New York’s Child Victims Act. He was accused of molesting a boy in the 1970s.

Read the full article. Since this isn’t an arrest or conviction, Peter Popadick doesn’t qualify for our running tally. You may feel free, however, to weigh in on his “unfortunate name” – as our JMG reader tipster puts it.