Man Accusing Upper West Side Monsignor John Paddack Of Sex Abuse Speaks Out

Rafael Mendoza
Photo credit Marla Diamond/WCBS 880
By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- An alleged victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a trusted priest is telling his story.

Rafael Mendoza attended Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx where now-Monsignor John Paddack was a guidance counselor, WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported.

Mendoza, 37, is one of five former Catholic school students who have accused Paddack of child sexual abuse.

The alleged abuse occurred when Mendoza was a freshman in 1996.

"He would take me to his office and he would tell me to remove my shirt, unbuckle my pants. I can remember the coldness of the knob of the stethoscope while he's checking my heartbeat and all around my chest and slowly going down to my genitals," Mendoza said. "Just seeing his face turn bloodshot red while doing this, I go back now and think he was getting something out of this."