May 03, 2005

Diocese, lawyers argue over reports of alleged sexual abuse by priests

Orlando Sentinel

By Gary Taylor | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted May 3, 2005

Officials with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando said Monday that they had moved swiftly to report allegations of child sexual misconduct against two priests despite claims by lawyers representing the victims that the diocese waited "years" to come forward.

Adam Horowitz, with the Miami law firm of Herman & Mermelstein, said two of the three victims the firm represents reported the abuse more than two years ago.

Kevin Shaughnessy, an attorney representing the diocese, said he met with an attorney from the Miami firm and the three victims in April. He said there were some differences in a statement issued by the law firm Monday and "what they told us in our meeting."

Shaughnessy declined to offer specifics, citing a need to protect the identity of the victims.

Posted by kshaw at May 3, 2005 05:28 AM