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Giuliani Defends, Employs Priest Accused of Molesting Teens

 
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Giuliani Defends, Employs Priest Accused of Molesting Teens
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By BRIAN ROSS and AVNI PATEL
Oct. 23, 2007—


Presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani hired a Catholic priest to work in his consulting firm months after the priest was accused of sexually molesting two former students and an altar boy and told by the church to stop performing his priestly duties.

The priest, Monsignor Alan Placa, a longtime friend of Giuliani and the priest who officiated at his second wedding to Donna Hanover, continues to work at Giuliani Partners in New York, to the outrage of some of his accusers and victims' groups, which have begun to protest at Giuliani campaign events.

"This man did unjust things, and he's being protected and employed and taken care of. It's not a good thing," said one of the accusers, Richard Tollner, who says Placa molested him repeatedly when he was a student at a Long Island, N.Y. Catholic boys high school in 1975.

At a campaign appearance in Milwaukee last week, Giuliani continued to defend Placa, who he described to reporters as a close friend for 39 years.

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"I know the man; I know who he is, so I support him," Giuliani said. "We give some of the worst people in our society the presumption of innocence and benefit of the doubt," he said. "And, of course, I'm going to give that to one of my closest friends."

The accusations against Placa were made in testimony before a Suffolk County grand jury in 2002.

Tollner, now a mortgage broker in Albany, N.Y., says he was one of three people to testify about Placa.

"This man harmed children. He still could do it. He deserves to be shown for what he was, or is," says Tollner.

Appearing publicly for the first time today on ABC News' "Good Morning America," Tollner says the abuse started when he and Placa were in the high school making posters for a Right to Life march.

"As he started to explain how these posters should be done, I realized that something was rubbing my body," Tollner said. "After a minute or two, I realized that he's feeling me, feeling me in my genital area."

The grand jury report concluded that a Priest F, who Tollner says is Placa, abused the boys sexually "again and again and again."

"Priest F was cautious, but relentless in his pursuit of victims. He fondled boys over their clothes, usually in his office," the report said.

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The report concluded that Priest F, and several other priests under investigation from the same Long Island, N.Y. diocese, could not be prosecuted because the statute of limitations had expired.

Several former students from the same high school say they were asked by the "Giuliani organization" to contact ABC News and vouch for Placa.

"There was absolutely not a hint of rumor of a speculation or a whisper, in four years, or in decades after of any sexual predatoriness on the part of Rev. Placa," wrote Matthew Hogan in an e-mail to ABCNews.com.

Hogan says he recalls that Placa did give "special attention" to his former schoolmate Richard Tollner and remembers seeing Tollner in Placa's office "laughing, on opposite sides of a desk with Mr. Tollner happily animated sitting up on the couch talking."

But Hogan says the school area where Tollner says he was molested "was CONSTANTLY trafficked even on off days and hours."

"I will gladly help take apart in public anything that seriously overlooks the above. I'll be watching The Blotter like a hawk," Hogan wrote.

In addition to the allegations that Priest F was personally involved in the sexual abuse, the grand jury also said that Priest F became instrumental in a church policy that used "deception and intimidation" to keep the church scandal quiet.

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Placa served as a lawyer for the diocese in dealing with allegations of abuse against other priests and, according to the grand jury report, claimed he had saved the church hundreds of thousands of dollars in his handling of possible litigation.

Lawyers for alleged victims say Placa would often conduct interviews, in his priest garb, without making it clear he was the church lawyer.

"He was a wolf in sheep's clothing," said Melanie Little, a lawyer for several alleged victims of sexual abuse by other priests in the diocese.

"He was more concerned with protecting the priests, protecting the reputation of the diocese and protecting the church coffers than he was protecting the children," said Little.

Since going to work for Giuliani Partners, the former mayor and the priest have continued to be close.

Placa accompanied Giuliani and his wife Judith on a trip to Rome earlier this year.

Through a spokeswoman at Giuliani Partners, Sunny Mindel, Placa declined requests to comment on the allegations to ABCNews.com.

Mindel also declined to specify what Placa does for the firm or how much he is paid.

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"Mr. Giuliani can do what he wants with his money, but he has to pay the price for people like myself who disagree with employing known child molesters," Tollner said.

While no longer allowed to perform priestly duties or appear in public as a priest, Placa continues to maintain a residence at a church rectory in Great Neck on New York's Long Island.

According to New York property records, Placa also co-owns, with another priest, a waterfront apartment in lower Manhattan in Battery Park City, valued at more than $500,000.
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Re: Giuliani Defends, Employs Priest Accused of Molesting Teens
Guiliani was complicent in the entire 911 / govt / controlled demolition of the world trade center. He is a lying snake like the rest. There is only one candidate out there not towing the party line and he gets my vote.
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Re: Giuliani Defends, Employs Priest Accused of Molesting Teens
I think Ghouliani prefers little boys.
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WHAT A PIECE OF SHIT
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Guiliani was complicent in the entire 911 / govt / controlled demolition of the world trade center. He is a lying snake like the rest. There is only one candidate out there not towing the party line and he gets my vote.
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he totally was. His office was in WTC7....so all of his pedophelia probably burned.

I think this is another case of Ghouliani...a guy who is eminently blackmailable...so he would be allowed to rise to power because anytime he made a wrong move the governing elite could just threaten to expose him for what he really is.
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Hey 298785, I accuse you of molesting me when I was 15! Now you will not be able to get a job or do politics. Grats.
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Hey 298785, I accuse you of molesting me when I was 15! Now you will not be able to get a job or do politics. Grats.
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are you kidding?? i'll get a cush job with julie!!! ha!!

here's julie's foreign policy campaign advisor in a little Q&A session!!! 10min.

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10/23/2007 02:17 PM
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Gee what a surprise, Giuliani's complicit in pedophile cover ups...anyone ever watched Conspiracy of Silence? I'm thinkin someone should e-mail a link to Conspiracy of Silence to good ol Rudy, I would imagine he would immediately drop out of the race upon viewing that...cause he would see that they can and will be caught...
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I always wondered why the thug is on the edge of drooling when he talks. He is a lowlife criminal thug- like father like son. Just like Pelosi too. I wonder how many male cousins he raped or gave to his priest buddies.
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10/23/2007 02:27 PM
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gulli marryed his second cousin.
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dahwhat do you think satanists are supposed to do?

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