On behalf of former students of the LaSalle School for Boys in Albany, New York, we are investigating reports of student sexual abuse by LaSalle teacher Father . Reports of abuse over a two-year period in the 1980s include allegations that Romano plied students with marijuana, alcohol, sweets, and various mood enhancing pills in exchange for sexual favors. Further allegations include additional LaSalle School faculty, including , and the predatory conduct described includes oral and anal sexual practices both purportedly performed upon and reciprocated by the young students.
The LaSalle School is a private school for boys in Albany, New York founded in 1854 by the Christian Brothers. It represents that it “works with adolescent males 12-18, grades 6-12, who are experiencing significant difficulties in their home, school, or community.” The LaSalle School acknowledges that Romano was permanently removed from the ministry in 2003 in the wake of multiple credible allegations of sexual abuse. However, he was never criminally prosecuted.
More than 25 separate lawsuits were filed against the School in 2019 and 2020 as a result of New York State’s expansion of liability and the relevant statutes of limitation under the New York Child Abuse Act. While that window remains open right now, any new lawsuits against the LaSalle School must be filed by August 13, 2021