January 04, 2005

No charges against priest


Jan. 4, 2005

By Stan Maddux / Post-Tribune correspondent

It appears no criminal charges will be considered against the Rev. Richard Emerson, separated from his LaPorte County parish last month amid sexual misconduct allegations.

At least for now anyway.

A Florida man, now 29, accused Emerson, 52, of sexual misdeeds when he was a visiting priest in Florida from 1987 to 1991. The man, who was a minor at the time, says the sexual relations continued until 1993 and included trips to Indiana, Chicago and Colorado.

His charges were filed in May with the Orlando Diocese, which turned the case over to area law enforcement.

The case was investigated by police in Orlando, but never presented to prosecutors for possible filing of charges, said Randy Means, director of investigations for the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office.

Posted by kshaw at January 4, 2005 08:19 AM