February 23, 2005

Local priest faces charges of molesting boy 40 years ago


02:23 PM EST on Wednesday, February 23, 2005

A former Catholic priest will face criminal charges of molesting young boys more than forty years ago.

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Father Edwin Scherzer on four counts of indecent or immoral practices with a child. Scherzer was named in the class action lawsuit against the archdiocese and was removed from the ministry in 2002.

One of the accusers says he has suffered for years. "I feel I had to come out with it because it was tearing me up," says John Scott. "It was tearing me up all through high school. And after that I guess it made me an alcoholic for about 36 years."

Father Scherzer is now 79 years old. WHAS11 News was unable to contact him. The archdiocese says it has cooperated with police in the investigation.

Posted by kshaw at February 23, 2005 08:27 PM