July 27, 2005

Jury finds former priest guilty of sexually assaulting child

Duluth News Tribune

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. - A jury found a former priest guilty Wednesday of sexually assaulting a a 10-year-old boy in 1988.

Jurors deliberated for about an hour before concluding Donald Buzanowski was guilty of two counts of assaulting David Schauer, now 27, when Schauer was a fifth-grader at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School.

Schauer testified he was pulled out of class in the fall of 1988 and sent to see Buzanowski, 62, for counseling. When the session ended, Buzanowski grabbed his arm, drew him over his lap and began fondling him, Schauer said.

Buzanowski is accused of touching the boy on different occasions, fondling him over his clothes and kissing him on the lips.

Each encounter ended with Buzanowski escorting Schauer to the door and parting with the words: "This is just between you and me," Schauer said.

Posted by kshaw at July 27, 2005 04:03 PM