BUFFALO, NY — The retired pastor of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean has been placed on administrative leave by Buffalo Bishop Michael W. Fisher following allegations that he was one of three priests who abused a child in the 1990s.

The diocese announced the decision to place the Rev. Gregory Dobson on administrative leave on Saturday. Dobson, who retired in 2018 after 22 years as St. Mary's pastor, assists in various parishes of the diocese. 

The Rev. Adolph Kowalczyk, pastor of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Orchard Park, and the Rev. Mieczyslaw (Matt) Nycz, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul in Williamsville, also were placed on leave.

According to a press release from the diocese, a complaint was filed pursuant to the Child Victims Act by an individual who alleges that he was abused as a child by the three priests. The complaint was brought anonymously and was not served on the diocese but was discovered during a search of publicly filed complaints.

“Upon learning of the complaint, the diocese notified the Erie County District Attorney’s office, reached out to the attorney for the plaintiff and confronted the three accused priests, all of whom deny ever committing any acts of abuse,” the press release read. “The diocese also reported the matter to the Independent Review Board which will be responsible for appointing an independent investigator.”

Fisher said the decision to place the priests on administrative leave is not intended to indicate their guilt or any determination about the truth or falsity of the complaint.

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