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Franciscan accused in abuse suit

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A 40-year-old man who says he was abused as a boy in Massachusetts by a Franciscan brother has filed a $5 million lawsuit against church officials.

Mark Lyman of Stillwater, N.Y., says he was sexually abused beginning at age 13 by Frank Genevive, whom he met when Genevive was assigned to St. Anthony's Church in Troy, N.Y. The suit, filed last week in Boston, alleges the abuse occurred on trips to Boston and at other locations over several years.

The Rev. Robert Campagna of the Franciscan Province of the Immaculate Conception in New York said Genevive was removed from public ministry when allegations surfaced against him a few years ago.

Albany diocese spokesman Ken Goldfarb said Genevive was never under direct supervision by the diocese.

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