Two Protesters Charged with Harassment for Incident Outside Diocese of Buffalo Offices

Modified: January 7, 2020 10:57am

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 38-year-old Matthew Bojanowski of West Seneca and 46-year-old Stephen Parisi of Williamsville have been arraigned before Buffalo City Court Judge Kevin J. Keane on one count of Harassment in the Second Degree, a violation. Both defendants were arraigned on Monday, January 6, 2020.

It is alleged that on September 3, 2019, at approximately 4:45 p.m., the defendants, with the intent to harass, annoy, or alarm, approached the victim as she attempted to exit the rear parking lot of the Diocese of Buffalo offices in the City of Buffalo. The defendants are accused of yelling at the victim and standing in the path of her vehicle, which subsequently prevented her from exiting the parking lot onto Washington Street. 

It is further alleged that the defendants harassed the victim on social media.

Bojanowski and Parisi are scheduled to return on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Both were released on their own recognizance.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.