January 11, 2005

Priest’s lawyer seeks new judge


By Andy Nelesen

A court appearance for Donald Buzanowski was scuttled Monday as his lawyer asked to have a different judge hear the case.

Buzanowski, a priest, is accused of molesting a fourth-grade boy during counseling sessions at SS. Peter & Paul School in 1988.

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay suspended Buzanowski from his duties as a priest in 1990 and has filed paperwork with Rome to have him laicized. However, the Vatican has not yet taken action. Buzanowski resigned from the priesthood in 1992.

Buzanowski’s lawyer, Owen Monfils, filed paperwork on Jan. 5, requesting a substitution for Brown County Circuit Court Judge Kendall Kelley. A new judge has not yet been appointed.

Buzanowski, 61, faces two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child under 13 years of age. At a preliminary hearing last month, Buzanowski’s accuser testified that he was molested on several occasions while in private meetings with Buzanowski.

Posted by kshaw at January 11, 2005 07:44 AM