Allegations against former Belleville Priest
Posted 1 year ago
Tue, Jan 17th, '12 - 9:14 am
A former Belleville priest is being taken to Civil Court on claims involving sexual and physical abuse.
The Catholic priest, who has been on administrative leave for a number of years has been accused of sexually abusing a former Belleville man, while at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Belleville a number of years ago.
The claim alleges Paul Hamilton sexually assaulted Joseph Hanoski for a number of years, starting when Hanoski was 16.
A second priest, Michael Reed, has been accused of knowing of the relationship and not reporting it to the proper authorities.
The alleged incidents, outlined in the court documents, include taking Hanoski on trips out of country between 1997 and 2002, during which time Hamilton is accused of sexually assaulting Hanoski.
The Archdiocese of Kingston, the local Catholic jurisdiction, has also been named in the Statement of Claim, which says the Archdiocese failed to protect the victim in a situation where he was vulnerable.
Court files show the Archdiocese is denying any fault in the civil trial.
Court documents also show Hamilton and Reed deny all of the Hanoski allegations.
Meantime, Hamilton has not been serving as a parish priest in the Archdiocese for seven years, and recently it is believed Reed was placed on administrative leave by the Archdiocese.
These claims have not yet been proven in court.
Joseph Hanoski who is now in his thirties, is seeking a total of $3,500,000 in financial compensation in the case.
Claims in the case include physical and sexual assault and battery, mental suffering and negligence.
It is not known when the case will be heard, but sources close to the case tell the newsroom it will be in front of a judge in March.