February 17, 2005

Shot, Defrocked & Guilty Of Abuse

BALTIMORE (MD)
CBS News

(AP) A jury convicted a former priest Thursday of three of four counts of sexually molesting an altar boy who shot the cleric on a city street a decade after the abuse.

Maurice Blackwell, 58, who did not testify, molested Dontee Stokes, 29, when Blackwell was pastor of St. Edward, a Roman Catholic church in West Baltimore. Stokes said the molestation began when he was 13 and continued until he was 17.

Blackwell is scheduled to be sentenced April 15.

The jury convicted Blackwell of abusing Stokes of 1990, 1991 and 1992 but acquitted him of the charge relating to Stokes' allegation that the abuse began in 1989.

The jury deliberated 5 hours over two days.

Posted by kshaw at February 17, 2005 01:27 PM