February 21, 2005

Prosecutors want to use previous evidence against priest

Duluth News Tribune

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Prosecutors asked the court Monday to use evidence of other molestations and a previous conviction of child pornography possession against a priest charged with molesting a 10-year-old boy.

Prosecutors filed the motion as police put out a request to hear from anyone who might have had an encounter with Donald Buzanowski.

Buzanowski, 62, faces two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child for allegedly fondling a 10-year-old boy while serving as a counselor at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic School in Green Bay. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.

In the court documents, special prosecutor Vince Biskupic said he wants to use evidence from Buzanowski's November 2000 conviction for possession of child pornography and an unprosecuted allegation made by a 39-year-old man. The man said Buzanowski molested him "20 times or more" during visits to a Door County cottage beginning in the summer of 1978.

Posted by kshaw at February 21, 2005 11:41 PM