March 19, 2005

Priest’s trial for abuse delayed


Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers

GREEN BAY — An April 20 trial for a priest accused of sexual assault was scuttled Friday when his lawyer asked for more time to prepare his case.

Donald Buzanowski, 62, faces two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child for allegedly fondling a 10-year-old boy in 1988 while serving as a counselor at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic School in Green Bay.

The alleged victim made allegations in 1990, but the case was not prosecuted because of a lack of evidence. Another man came forward last year with allegations from about the same time period and prosecutors were able to develop other information, prompting the charges to be filed in October 2004.

Buzanowski has pleaded not guilty to both counts.

Buzanowski’s lawyer, Owen Monfils, dropped a request for a speedy trial and asked for more time to review evidence and prepare for trial. Brown County Circuit Court Judge J.D. McKay rescheduled the jury trial for July 26.

Posted by kshaw at March 19, 2005 06:41 AM