January 05, 2005

Judge orders physical exam for ex-priest accused of rape, sodomy


LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A judge on Wednesday ordered that a former Roman Catholic priest facing a retrial on rape and sodomy charges undergo a physical examination of his genitalia.

Prosecutors requested the exam seeking to corroborate a description from the alleged victim who claims she was assaulted by Bruce Ewing decades ago when she was a teenager.

Ewing's attorney, David Lambertus, declined comment on Jefferson County Circuit Judge Martin McDonald's order.

Ewing's trial last year ended with a deadlocked jury after five hours of deliberations. If convicted, Ewing could have faced up to 15 years in prison on the one count of third-degree rape and two counts of third-degree sodomy.

Posted by kshaw at January 5, 2005 05:29 PM