April 26, 2005

Husband's infidelity raised in rape suit


By Linda Leicht

Lawyers for Methodist conference ask whether plaintiff's mental health was hurt by his behavior.

For the second time in a week, attorneys for the West Missouri Conference of the Methodist Church raised questions about marital infidelity in the case of a woman who is suing the church over an alleged rape by a local pastor.

Sid Norris testified Friday afternoon about the mental health of his wife, Teresa Norris, since the alleged rape seven years ago. He was asked under cross examination if his own infidelity could have affected his wife's mental health. No mention of an affair had been raised during direct examination.

The husband admitted that he had a brief affair with another woman in 2002, which he says was, in part, due to his wife's inability to be intimate following the alleged attack by the Rev. David Finestead.

Posted by kshaw at April 26, 2005 09:02 AM