ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – A Catholic priest in the Diocese of Rochester has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into a recently received complaint of sexual misconduct with a minor, which is alleged to have occurred in the 1970s.
The Diocese identifies him as The Reverend Robert Gaudio, pastor of St. Christopher Church in North Chili.
According to the Rochester Catholic Diocese, Gaudio vehemently denies the allegation. The Diocese says that no other previous allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have ever been received against Father Gaudio. Parishioners were informed at Masses held this weekend.
During the administrative leave, Father Gaudio cannot engage in any public ministry.
Gaudio was ordained in 1974. Before serving at St. Christopher’s, he previously served at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Brockport, St. Alphonsus Church in Auburn, St. Andrew Church in Rochester, Holy Name of Jesus Church in Greece, St. Monica Church in Rochester, and St. Ann Church in Palmyra concurrent with ministry at St. Gregory Church in Marion.
Father Edward Palumbos has been appointed temporary administrator of St. Christopher’s.
The Diocese provides this information for any victims of abuse:
Victims of abuse should always report to the civil authorities. To report a case of possible sexual abuse and to receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, victims are encouraged to contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator, Deborah A. Housel, at (585) 328-3228, ext. 1555 (toll-free 1-800-388-7177, ext. 1555) or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.