October 13, 2005

Claim: Priest's molestation 'bent' me into homosexual


A wealthy Manhattan socialite is planning a $5 million lawsuit against the Catholic Church, claiming his being molested by a priest at age 7 turned him into a homosexual.

J. David Enright IV, now 51, alleges he was molested as a boy at Camp Tekawitha on Lake Luzerne in upstate New York by by Father Joseph Romano, a seminarian counselor at the camp run by the Diocese of Albany.

"I believe that my life would be very different now," Enright told the New York Post. "I'd probably be married, living in Greenwich, with four children in boarding school. Romano bent my life."

Enright says Romano, who was 21 in 1961, took him behind a cabin after dinner and evening prayers to molest him. He says the sexual contact occurred up to seven more times, lasting into the following summer.

Posted by kshaw at October 13, 2005 09:26 AM