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Former Bishop Howard Hubbard accused of sexual abuse

August 14, 2019 11:27 PM

Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany is among those named in a sexual abuse lawsuit filed as part of the Child Victims Act.

The landmark law in New York took effect Wednesday. It could peel back decades of secrecy surrounding sexual abuse allegations against groups like the Catholic Church. It creates a look-back window of one year to allow victims of past abuse to file civil lawsuits against the people they claim harmed them and the institutions who employed them.

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In the lawsuit against Hubbard, the plaintiff – referred to only as P.R. – alleges the bishop “used his position as a priest to groom and to sexually abuse” him between 1994 and 1998.

Hubbard’s lawyer says he denies the claim.

Hubbard is now 80 years old. He served as bishop of the Albany Diocese from 1977 until his retirement in 2014.

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