UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A 20-year-old Long Island woman is filing a civil lawsuit, alleging she suffered sexual abuse as a young parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Greenlawn at the hands of the Rev. Gregory Yachyshyn.
Father Yachyshyn is now a pastor at St. Jude’s in Mastic Beach, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported.
“As a child, I was sexually abused by Father Greg. With counseling and support of my family, I now know I did nothing wrong,” the woman’s attorney John Michael Reck said, reading from his client’s statement.
Reck said the alleged abuse took place around the woman’s first communion when she was 8 years old.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, the woman filed the lawsuit because she said she wants the priest no longer to lead a parish and for no other child to become a victim.