In October 2003, Fr. Protasio Soares, a visiting priest from India working in the Diocese of Brooklyn, was named in a lawsuit filed by survivors of child sexual abuse. Fr. Soares worked at St. Bartholomew’s in Elmhurst, New York, where he allegedly sexually abused a nine-year-old girl from approximately 1954 to 1955.
Fr. Protasio Soares is now retired and living in Mysore, India.