From the Union Leader:
In a statement through his attorney, [Vermont] Bishop Peter A. Libasci said he “categorically denies” the allegations in a lawsuit filed earlier this month in New York. The lawsuit, filed last week in Suffolk County, N.Y., alleges Libasci fondled and groped a boy aged 12 or 13 multiple times in 1983 and 1984. At the time, Libasci was in his early 30s and had been a priest for about five years.
“The allegation that, almost 40 years ago, Bishop Libasci assaulted an individual while serving as a parish priest in Deer Park, New York is not true,” the statement from attorney Michael J. Connolly read. “While Bishop Libasci has great compassion for victims of sexual abuse, he will be forced to vigorously defend against these false allegations in court.”
From Catholic News Agency:
Bishop Peter Libasci has been accused in a lawsuit of committing sexual abuse while a priest in New York during the 1980s. Bishop Libasci has not spoken out publicly on the allegations, but the Diocese of Manchester says the matter has been reported to civil authorities.
The anonymous alleged victim, an altar boy who would have been in his early teens, was a student at Saints Cyril and Methodius School in Deer Park, New York, which has since merged with another school. The lawsuit also names the Sisters of St. Joseph, an order which ran the school, claiming they were negligent in allowing the alleged abuse to occur.