A priest now living in the Massena area has been charged with having sexual contact with four young members of one Montgomery County family.
State police investigators in Fonda say Rev. John W. Broderick, 47, of Nicolville, just south of Massena, befriended a family and served as a spiritual advisor while living in the area in 2007. But over several months, investigators said, Broderick had sexual contact with four members of the family, ranging in age from 5 to 11.
Investigators said Broderick left the area in May 2007 and was found by state police at the Holy Name of Jesus Academy in Massena, where he was arrested. Broderick was assigned to the Syracuse Diocese at the time of the alleged abuse, investigators said, though he was not assigned to a specific church or school. Investigators said his official faculties were suspended earlier this year.
Broderick was charged with three felony counts of first-degree sexual abuse, one felony count of second-degree sexual abuse and four misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned in the Palatine Town Court and sent to the Montgomery County jail on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.
Investigators are asking anyone who may have information regarding this case or similar cases involving Broderick to call them at 853-4708.