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Troy pastor involved in sexual abuse lawsuit speaks out

WNYT Staff
Created: August 15, 2020 12:56 PM

TROY- Pastor Dominick Brignola is speaking out on the sexual abuse lawsuit against him, Victorious Life Christian Church and Deacon Mark Rhodes.

The lawsuit, filed by Albany woman Abigail Barker, claims that Deacon Rhodes sexually molested her in 1998. Brignola and the church are being sued for alleged negligence and cover-up.

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“There's no excuse to be kept in the dark about people in their church in their community that are predators,” says Barker.

Brignola claims he played no role in the alleged incident, saying the complaint states it happened in Barker’s own home.

“We can’t be responsible for what happens in people’s homes when they leave and when their parents are making decisions about who is going to watch them and that is what is happening here […] and it’s deceitful in my opinion,” says Brignola.

Baker is suing under the New York State Child’s Victims Act. Governor Cuomo extended the window for victims to file until August 2021.


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