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Dotson v. Bzdyra and Hartford Diocese

Dotson v. Bzdyra and Hartford Diocese

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Lawsuit complaint outlines alleged sexual abuse of an altar boy by the Rev. Stephen Bzdyra, now of St. Augustine Church in Seymour, Conn., while he was priest at St. Hedwig Church in Naugatuck and at St. Francis Church in New Haven.
Lawsuit complaint outlines alleged sexual abuse of an altar boy by the Rev. Stephen Bzdyra, now of St. Augustine Church in Seymour, Conn., while he was priest at St. Hedwig Church in Naugatuck and at St. Francis Church in New Haven.

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SUMMONS - CIVIL
JP-CV-1Rev. 10-09
C.G.S.§§51-346, 51-347, 51-349, 51-350, 52-45a,
52-48,52-259,PeS.sees. 3-1through3-21, 8-1
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
SUPERIOR COURT
www.jud.ct.gov
See page 2 for instructions
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"XUifamount, legal interest or property in demand, not including interest and
costs is less than $2,500,
"X " if amount, legal interest or property in demand, not including interest and
costs is $2,500 or more.
"X"ifclaiming other relief in addition to or in lieu of money or damages.
TO: Any proper officer;BY AUTHORITY
OF THE
STATE OF CONNECTICUT,
you are hereby
commanded to make due and legal service of
this Summons and attached Complaint.
Address of court clerk where wril and other papersshall be flied(Number, street, town and zip code) Telephonenumberof clerk
(C.G,S.§§51-346,51-360)
(witharea code)
235Church Street, New Haven CT 06510
( 203 ) 503·6800
ReturnOate(Must be aTuesday)
August
24 ,2010
Month
D av
~
'X lJudicial District
lAt(Town in which writ is returnable) (C.G.S.§§51-346, 61-349)
~
0GA
DHousing Session
Number:
New Haven
For the Plaintiff(s) please enter the appearance of:
Case type code (Seeriston page 2)
Major: T
Minor:40
Name and address of attorney, law firm or plaintiff if self-represented(Number, street, town and zip code)
IJuris number(to be enteredby »nomey only)
Stratton
Faxon,59 Elm Street, New Haven CT06510
421593
Telephone number(with area code)
ISignatureof Plaintiff(Ifself-represented)
(203 )624· 9500
Number of Plaintiffs:
1
INumber of Defendants:
4
I0Form JD-CV-2 attached for additional parties
Parties
Name (Last,First, Middle Initial) and Address of Each party(Number; Street; P.O. Box; Town; State; Zip: Country,if not USA)
First
Name:
Dotson, William
P-01
Plaintiff
Address:76 Girard Avenue
New Haven. CT06512
Additional
Name:
P-02
Plaintiff
Address:
First
Name:
Hartford Roman Catholic Diocesan
Corporation
0·50
Defendant
Address:134Farmington
Avenue
CT 06105
Additional
Name:
St. Francis Church
0·51
Defendant
Address:397Ferry Street
New Haven CT06513
Additional
Name:
St. Hedwig Church
0·52
Defendant
Address:32Golden Hill Street
NauQatuck
CT06770
Additional
Name:
Bzdyra, Stephen
0-53
Defendant
Address:35 Washington
Avenue
C!~
[Jr.CT 06483
Notice to Each Defendant
1. YOUARE BEING SUED. This paper is a Summons in a lawsuit. The complaint attached to these papers states the claims that each plaintiff is making
against you in this lawsuit.
2.To be notified of further proceedings, you or your attorney must file a form called an "Appearance" with the clerk of the above-named Court at the above
Court address on or before the second day after the above Return Date. The Return Date is not a hearing date. You do not have to come to court on the
Return Date unless you receive a separate notice telling you to come to court.
3, If you Dr your attorney do not file a written "Appearance" form on time, a judgment may be entered against you by default. The "Appearance" form may be
obtained at the Court address above or atwww.jud.cl.gov under "Court Forms."
4,If you believe that you have insurance that may cover the claim that is being made against you in this lawsuit, you should immediately contact your
insurance representative. Other action you may have to take is described in the Connecticut Practice Book Which may be found in a superior court law
library 9r~0n-line atwww.jud.cl.ggJIupder..Court Rules."
5. Ify0t''tav8 questions about t a""Sufiimons and Complaint, you should talk to an attorney quickly. The Clerk of Court is nota lIowed to give advice on
leg~ que tions.
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Signed~ ign.a"dl"
P bxi
missionerof the Nameof PersonSigningatLeft
Date signed
SupenorCourt
Assistant Clerk
Joel T. Faxon
07/07/10
ons is signed by a Clerk:
a. The sign g has been done so that the Plaintiff(s) will not be denied access to the courts.
b. It is the sponsibility of the Plaintiff(s) to see that service is made in the manner provided by law.
c. The Ch~rk is not permitted to give any legal advice in connection with any lawsuit.
d. The Clerk signing this Summons at the request ofthe Plaintiff(s) is not responsible in any way for any errors or
omissions in the Summons, any allegations contained in the Complaint, or the service of the Summons or Complaint.
I certify I hay"i'-" d and
Date
understan
he bove:
FileDate
Date
07107110
IV!Commissionerof the
~
Superior Court
Assistant Clerk
(Page 1 of2)
Docket Number
RETURN DATE: AUGUST 24, 2010
WILLIAM DOTSON
SUPERIOR COURT
J.D. OF NEW HAVEN
V .
AT NEW HAVEN
HARTFORD ROMAN CATHOLIC
DIOCESAN CORPORATION,
ST. FRANCIS CHURCH OF
NEW HAVEN, ST. HEDWIG CHURCH OF
NAUGATUCKand STEPHEN BZDYRA
JULY 7,2010
COMPLAINT
COUNT ONE:
(Reckless Battery: William Dotson v. All Defendants)
1.

At all times relevant to this action, the plaintiff, William Dotson, was a minor resident of the State of Connecticut, who served as an altar server, and sought spiritual advice at the Saint Francis Church located in New Haven,

Connecticut ("St. Francis") and the Saint Hedwig Church located in Naugatuck,
Connecticut ("St. Hedwig").
2.
At all times relevant to this action, the defendant, Stephen Bzdyra,
("Bzdyra") was a resident of the State of Connecticut and a Roman Catholic
Priest who served as a priest and Pastor at S1. Francis and St. Hedwig.
3.
At all times relevant to this action, defendant Bzdyra was an
employee, agent or apparent agent of the defendant, Hartford Roman Catholic

Diocesan Corporation (the "Diocese"), which was and is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Connecticut. The following conduct was carried out within the scope of Bzdyra's authority or employment with the Diocese. Further, Bzdyra operated within and was aided by the agency

relationship with the defendants, in perpetrating assault and battery on the
plaintiff.4.
At all times relevant to this action, the defendants, St. Francis and

St. Hedwig, were and are Roman Catholic Churches organized and existing
under the supervision and/or control of the Diocese and located in New Haven,
Connecticut and Naugatuck, Connecticut The following conduct was carried out

within the scope of Bzdyra's authority or employment withst. Francis and/or St.
Hedwig.
5.
At all times relevant to this action, the Diocese, through its
employees, agents and/or apparent agents made the determination of who would
serve as a priest and pastor of S1. Francis and/or St. Hedwig, and accordingly
assigned Bzdyra to serve in that capacity.
6.
At all times relevant to this action, Bzdyra resided in the rectories of
Sf. Francis in New Haven, Connecticut, and St. Hedwig in Naugatuck,
Connecticut, which are owned and/or controlled by the Diocese and supervised
by St. Francis and Sf. Hedwig through their deacons and directors.
7.
Prior to and during his assignment at S1. Francis andst. Hedwig,
the Diocese made a determination that Bzdyra was fit, qualified and competent in
all respects to serve as a priest, pastor and catechism instructor within the
Roman Catholic Churches of the Diocese.
8.
By assigning Bzdyra to St. Francis and St Hedwig, the Diocese
intended to represent to Roman Catholic parishioners, congregants and
students, including William Dotson that Bzdyra was fit, qualified and competent in
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