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Court attaches 10 million

http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/10/21/news/doc4cc09962829a9003936956.txt
Court attaches $10 million in assets of Seymour priest in sex abuse case (document)
Published: Thursday, October 21, 2010

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NEW HAVEN — A Superior Court judge has ruled that a city man’s sex abuse case against a Seymour priest was persuasive enough to warrant attaching $10 million of the priest’s assets.

“... there was more than adequate evidence to support the plaintiff’s claim that (Father Stephen) Bzdyra sexually abused him when he was a young boy," Justice Robert Berdon wrote Tuesday in a memo of decision on request for prejudgment remedy."The court finds that the testimony of the plaintiff was credible and overwhelming."

The court found that the abuse included rape and forced oral sex with Bzdyra. "This conduct went on for several years," Berdon wrote.

William Dotson, 34, of New Haven filed a lawsuit in July claiming Bzyra sexually molested him when he was an altar boy in the 1980s at St. Francis Church in New Haven, and later at St. Hedwig Church in Naugatuck. A second man, who wished to remain anonymous, filed a lawsuit a month later claiming he, too, was sexually abused by Bzdyra in the late 1970s at St. Hedwig where he was a parochial student.

Bzydra, who most recently served at St. Augustine Church in Seymour, was placed on leave by the Archdiocese of Hartford after the first lawsuit was filed.

Dotson’s attorney, Joel Faxon of New Haven, said today, “What that means is all of Bzdyra’s assets are now going to be attached. His home is attached, his paycheck is attached, his savings are attached. Anything the man owns is now attached, meaning it can’t be sold, it can’t be disposed of, until the case is over.”

Attorney Hugh Keefe of New Haven, who represents Bzydra, said he hadn’t seen the decision yet but called it “meaningless” because Bzydra doesn’t have anywhere close to $10 million in assets.

“This is not a big deal at all. It’s simply a finding of probable cause by one referee,” Keefe said.

Keefe said he fully expects the case to go to trial, and that Bzydra has denied all the charges against him.

Asked about a possible settlement, Faxon said, “We haven’t been approached by the Diocese, but in the past, they have resolved virtually all the cases that have been brought by priest abuse. Particularly the cases where you have a hearing like this and the judge finds that the case is valid and that the child was attacked.” Continued...

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By Lauren Garrison, Register Staff
lgarrison@newhavenregister.com

NEW HAVEN — A Superior Court judge has ruled that a city man’s sex abuse case against a Seymour priest was persuasive enough to warrant attaching $10 million of the priest’s assets.

“... there was more than adequate evidence to support the plaintiff’s claim that (Father Stephen) Bzdyra sexually abused him when he was a young boy," Justice Robert Berdon wrote Tuesday in a memo of decision on request for prejudgment remedy."The court finds that the testimony of the plaintiff was credible and overwhelming."

The court found that the abuse included rape and forced oral sex with Bzdyra. "This conduct went on for several years," Berdon wrote.

William Dotson, 34, of New Haven filed a lawsuit in July claiming Bzyra sexually molested him when he was an altar boy in the 1980s at St. Francis Church in New Haven, and later at St. Hedwig Church in Naugatuck. A second man, who wished to remain anonymous, filed a lawsuit a month later claiming he, too, was sexually abused by Bzdyra in the late 1970s at St. Hedwig where he was a parochial student.

Bzydra, who most recently served at St. Augustine Church in Seymour, was placed on leave by the Archdiocese of Hartford after the first lawsuit was filed.

Dotson’s attorney, Joel Faxon of New Haven, said today, “What that means is all of Bzdyra’s assets are now going to be attached. His home is attached, his paycheck is attached, his savings are attached. Anything the man owns is now attached, meaning it can’t be sold, it can’t be disposed of, until the case is over.”

Attorney Hugh Keefe of New Haven, who represents Bzydra, said he hadn’t seen the decision yet but called it “meaningless” because Bzydra doesn’t have anywhere close to $10 million in assets.

“This is not a big deal at all. It’s simply a finding of probable cause by one referee,” Keefe said.

Keefe said he fully expects the case to go to trial, and that Bzydra has denied all the charges against him.

Asked about a possible settlement, Faxon said, “We haven’t been approached by the Diocese, but in the past, they have resolved virtually all the cases that have been brought by priest abuse. Particularly the cases where you have a hearing like this and the judge finds that the case is valid and that the child was attacked.”

Maria Zone, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Hartford, declined to provide immediate comment.

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