January 13, 2005

Priest admits 'sexual sickness' in suit

Connecticut Post

By DANIEL TEPFER dtepfer@ctpost.com


A Roman Catholic priest, accused in a lawsuit of molesting a 14-year-old altar boy at a Trumbull church in the early 1990s, admits in a deposition that he suffers from a "sexual sickness."

According to court papers released Wednesday, the Rev. John Castaldo said he had the sickness at the time he slept in a bed with the boy, although he denied molesting him.

He also said the sickness later drove him to try to solicit sex over the Internet from someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy.

Superior Court jury selection began Tuesday in the lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport brought by the former altar boy. Two jurors were selected by late Wednesday.

The trial is expected to begin Feb. 1 and last three weeks.

Posted by kshaw at January 13, 2005 07:26 AM