Lawsuit filed against Archdiocese of Hartford over alleged sexual abuse

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A lawsuit has been filed against the Archdiocese of Hartford over allegations of sexual abuse by a priest at a Waterbury church.

According to the lawsuit filed by Attorney Thomas McNamara Friday, the late Reverend Walter Vichas sexually assaulted then 10-year-old altar boy Kevin Distasio in 1980 at the Blessed Sacrament Church on Robbins Street in Waterbury.

Original Story: Former altar boy sues church over alleged sexual abuse

“The sexual abuse was at the hands of Reverend Walter Vichas,” McNamara told News 8 Friday.

The suit says the archdiocese failed to supervise Vichas or remove him from his duties. It also says the archdiocese failed to investigate Vichas’ suspicious conduct and failed to develop a policy for reporting clergy sexual abuse. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

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Vichas served at Blessed Sacrament from approximately 1971 until 2001. 

The Archdiocese typically has a no comment policy on pending litigation, but a spokeswoman said the Archdiocese has not been notified of the lawsuit.

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