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Catholic principal Curtin molested 7 kids at St. Ann's, lawsuit claims

Abuse allegedly occurred in 1988-89
Posted at 2:45 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 14:47:45-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Catholic school assistant principal is accused of molesting multiple children in Buffalo in the late 1980s, according to a lawsuit filed under the Child Victims Act.

John Curtin, assistant principal of St. Ann's School, "sexually assaulted and committed battery against" seven children at the school in 1988 and 1989, according to the lawsuit filed Friday in State Supreme Court.

The plaintiffs, who are not identified in the lawsuit filed by the Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria firm, appear to have been between 6 and 11 years old when they were allegedly abused at the school, which is now closed.

All of the children suffered "great physical and emotional pain of mind and body, shock, emotional distress, physical manifestations of emotional distress, flashbacks, embarrassment, loss of self-esteem, disgrace, humiliation, and loss of enjoyment of life," the suit states.

A spokeswoman for the Diocese of Buffalo did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It is unclear whether Curtin is living or deceased.

Click here to read the lawsuit.