July 16, 2005

Confession barred in ex-priestís trial

GREEN BAY (WI)
Press-Gazette

By Andy Nelesen
anelesen@greenbaypressgazette.com

A letter in which a former Catholic priest confessed to molesting more than 14 boys between 1969 and 1988 cannot be shown to jurors hearing allegations that the man molested a 10-year-old boy in 1988.

Donald Buzanow-ski, 62, is expected to stand trial later this month on two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child for allegedly fondling a boy while Buzanowski was a counselor at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic School in Green Bay during the late 1980s.

Brown County Circuit Court Judge J.D. McKay on Friday upheld his decision to bar Buzanowskiís letter to a Protestant pastor, citing the vagueness of the letter. Prosecutors had asked the letter be admitted as evidence of other bad acts.

McKay in April ruled that the letter to the pastor could not be included as evidence because it could be considered confidential communication between clergy and penitent.

Posted by kshaw at July 16, 2005 03:25 AM