Buffalo priest aimed gun at teen during sexual abuse, victim says

The late Rev. Michael Freeman would jokingly brandish a silver .38-caliber revolver to get him to comply with the abuse, the victim says.

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By Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A 49-year-old man says a Roman Catholic priest pointed a gun at him while sexually abusing him as a teenager.

The accuser's attorney, Steve Boyd, says the abuse occurred after the Diocese of Buffalo received a complaint about the priest from another alleged victim in 1980.

The allegations against the late Rev. Michael Freeman were first reported by The Buffalo News.

The man has filed a claim with the Buffalo diocese victims' compensation fund. He says Freeman would jokingly brandish a silver .38-caliber revolver to get him to comply with the abuse.

Freeman died in 2010.

A diocesan spokeswoman didn't respond to a request for comment Monday.

Freeman's name is included in a list of priests accused of sexually abusing children released by the diocese in March.