October 12, 2005


New York Post


October 12, 2005 -- A debonair New York socialite filed a $5 million legal notice against the Catholic Church yesterday claiming his molestation at age 7 at the hands of a young priest led him to become gay.

J. David Enright IV a scion of Albany's renowned Van Rensselaer and de la Grange families told The Post he was repeatedly sexually abused by the Rev. Joseph Romano, a seminarian counselor at upstate Camp Tekawitha on Lake Luzerne, in 1961 and 1962.

"I believe that my life would be very different now," said Enright, 51, dressed in a custom-made English suit and French cuffed shirt. "I'd probably be married, living in Greenwich, with four children in boarding school.

"Romano bent my life."

The Upper East Side resident said Romano, then 21, took him behind a cabin after dinner and evening prayers and engaged in sex. The molestation was repeated up to seven more times, extending into the following summer, Enright said.

He'd "explain to me that this was a rite of passage," said Enright, who recalls the "devastating" abuse every day of his life.

Posted by kshaw at October 12, 2005 08:23 AM