February 23, 2005

Local Priest Faces Criminal Charges; Victim Speaks Exclusively To WAVE 3


By Maureen Kyle

(LOUISVILLE) -- The civil suit is over. Now the victims of clergy sex abuse are able to pursue criminal charges against their abusers. A Jefferson County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Father Edwin Scherzer, charging him with four felony counts of indecent or immoral practices with a child. On Wednesday, one of Scherzer's victims spoke with WAVE 3's Maureen Kyle about how he still hasn't gotten what he really wants.

The crime Father Edwin Scherzer committed against Tom Weiter back in 1956 left a pain Weiter is still struggling to overcome.

"This man has stolen my childhood, and he's robbed my soul," Weiter said. "We're all alone in this. When I did ask my mother for help, I got no help. And I carried this in my loneliness for years. And that's a long time -- 38 years, 40 years."

Posted by kshaw at February 23, 2005 08:22 PM