Sexual abuse lawsuits against the Reverend Philip Magaldi, a priest at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, were dismissed by a federal judge. Thomas A. Marks, the plaintiff passed away about two weeks before the suit was dismissed. Magaldi allegedly sexually abused Marks during the 1970s when he was a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Providence in Rhode Island. Magaldi denied the allegations since they emerged in April 1999 and said that he never met Marks and the accusations were an attempt to extort money from the Catholic Church.