February 12, 2005

Stokes testifies of abuse by Blackwell

Baltimore Sun

By Julie Bykowicz
Sun Staff
Originally published February 12, 2005
Dontee Stokes told a crowded Baltimore courtroom yesterday that he was sexually molested by his former priest, whose warm embraces, he testified, turned to inappropriate touches and finally, a sexual assault in a church rectory.

As the trial of now-defrocked priest Maurice Blackwell opened, Stokes, 29, testified that the molestation occurred from 1989 to 1992, while he was a young parishioner at St. Edward Catholic Church in West Baltimore.

"By the time I understood what was going on, it was too late to really do anything," Stokes testified.

A decade later, after a failed investigation into his claims, and at the height of the sexual abuse scandal in the American Catholic church, Stokes shot Blackwell, 58.

Posted by kshaw at February 12, 2005 08:04 AM