Report: Long Island priest steps aside amid sex abuse investigation

September 30, 2018 - 5:29 pm

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (1010 WINS/AP) – A Roman Catholic priest on Long Island is stepping away from his official duties amid a sexual abuse investigation.

Newsday reports the Dioceses of Rockville Center will be looking allegations that Msgr. William Breslawski, who has been serving as the pastor of the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua in Rocky Point, sexually abused a middle-school-age child in the 1980s.

The diocese said a letter came on Sept. 25 accusing Breslawski of the abuses and referenced a previous complaint that had been made in 2002, which said Breslawski has unwanted contact with an adult in 1984.

The newspaper reported that the Nassau District Attorney’s Office was contacted by the diocese, but it “appears the statute of limitations would preclude a prosecution.”

On Sept. 7, another priest on Long Island, Rev. Brian J. Brinker, was also accused of sexual abuse of a minor. The alleged abuse occurred from 1993 to 1997.

Messages left at Breslawski's church were not returned.