The Buffalo Diocese has placed a retired priest on leave

09.14.18 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Diocese leaders decided on the administrative absence following an allegation that a priest abused a 12-year-old girl decades ago.

The girl's attorney says his client was abused in the late 1960s, while John Sardina served at a Catholic church in the Queen City.

Sardina, now 86-years-old, insists he "never abused a child,"but did have "consensual" relations with women.