May 02, 2005

Man Speaks About Alleged Abuse By Priest


POSTED: 9:14 am CDT May 2, 2005
UPDATED: 9:51 am CDT May 2, 2005

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A man who's suing over alleged abuse by a Des Moines Diocese priest said he's not the only victim.

John Chambers filed a lawsuit against Rev. Leonard Kenkel, his Dowling High School teacher, claiming sexual abuse when he was 14 years old in the 1960s.

Chambers said the abuse was widespread, and so was the cover up.

"It was very commonly known among the students of Father Kenkel's behavior," Chambers said.

He said Kenkel fondled him and many others during biology class.

"For me, we would be doing maybe an experiment, or a reading, or a paper, and he would walk around the classroom. He would come up to me and bend over to see what I was doing and start to rub my shoulders, down my back, down below the belt line, on the outside of my underpants, then he'd pull up my shirt tail and get inside my underwear and rub and kneed, and fondle my buttocks," Chambers told NewsChannel 8.

Posted by kshaw at May 2, 2005 04:52 PM