A 34-year-old man filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the current pastor at a Roman Catholic Church in Seymour of molesting him when he was a teenage altar boy and then trying to buy his silence with new cars and home appliances.
The lawsuit, filed in New Haven, alleges that the Rev. Stephen Bzdyra, the pastor at St. Augustine Church in Seymour, abused William Dotson starting in the mid-1980s when Dotson was an altar boy at St. Francis Church in New Haven.
The Archdiocese of Hartford said that it had not been served with the lawsuit and knew about it only from media reports.
The lawsuit alleges that the abuse started one day after catechism class at St. Francis when Dotson was 10. It alleges that Bzdyra took Dotson into the basement and accused him of telling a lie during the class. Bzdyra then pulled down Dotson's pants, whipped him with his belt and anally raped him, the lawsuit said. The priest told Dotson that if he told anyone, he would report Dotson's mother to the welfare department for "having too many jobs" and he would be taken away by the state, never to see his family again.