March 15, 2005

Time voids criminal case against priest


March 15, 2005

By Frank Wiget / Post-Tribune staff writer

Police in Florida are not filing any criminal charges against a Diocese of Gary priest who is accused of molesting a Florida man when he was temporarily assigned to the Orlando Diocese years ago.

The 29-year-old Florida man, calling himself “John Doe” in a civil lawsuit, claims the Rev. Richard Emerson sexually abused him while the priest was on temporary assignment in Orlando between 1986 and 1991.

Detective Jonathan O’Hern of the Crimes Against Children section of the Orlando Police Department said Monday a thorough investigation of the allegation was conducted before it was decided not to pursue criminal charges.

It was a combination of the time element and applicable state and federal statutes that blocked filing of criminal charges, O’Hern said.

Posted by kshaw at March 15, 2005 07:03 AM