“Parishioners at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Little Italy were informed at weekend Masses that their former pastor – who was removed suddenly more than a year ago – molested a 13-year-old boy in the late 1970s at a New York church. Michael Salerno, better known as ‘Father Mike,’ was a brother at All Saints Church in Brooklyn when the alleged abuse occurred.”
“When the allegation surfaced last November, Salerno left his post at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church. Parishioners immediately protested, demanding answers.”
“In a letter dated Dec. 28, the head of the Pallottine Fathers, the order that runs St. Leo’s, apologized for the delay. ‘I regret that the investigation took so long to complete, since I know it has been a painful process for many, especially those in the St. Leo’s community,’ the Rev. Peter T. Sticco wrote.”
“He said the final report of the investigation by the Diocese of Brooklyn ‘confirms that Michael Salerno did sexually abuse a boy.’ It was unclear yesterday whether Salerno will be criminally charged. The victim was not identified.”
This video is from WJZ 13 Baltimore, broadcast Dec. 31, 2008.