January 13, 2005

Orlando man sues priest, bishops, charging negligence, sex abuse

Orlando Sentinel

By Christopher Sherman | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted January 13, 2005

An attorney for the Orlando man accusing a Catholic priest of years of sexual abuse filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the priest and two bishops, including the leader of the Diocese of Orlando.

The suit says the Rev. Richard Emerson sexually abused the man during a seven-year period in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

It also names Orlando Bishop Thomas Wenski and Gary, Ind., Bishop Dale Melczek as defendants, saying the dioceses took no action when earlier complaints were made against Emerson.

Attorney Joe Saunders described his client as a 29-year-old Orlando man who works in a local hotel. Saunders said the man chose not to attend the news conference in front of the Orange County Courthouse because of his anxiety about suing a priest and two bishops.

Posted by kshaw at January 13, 2005 07:35 AM