November 04, 2005

Cincinnati priest cleared of abuse charges

CINCINNATI (OH)
Catholic Telegraph

ARCHDIOCESE ó Raymond Larger, former pastor of several Cincinnati parishes, was found not guilty Oct. 31 in Hamilton County Court of charges of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition.

Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman ended the proceedings after only a few hours of testimony by the accuser, Dale Ramminger, 21, of Hamilton, who claimed Larger abused him from 1995-1997 when Ramminger was a student at St. James School in White Oak.

When Ramminger completed his testimony and was led from the courtroom to return to Butler County, where he is currently serving a prison sentence for breaking and entering. At that time, Judge Ruehlman told the packed courtroom, "The testimony I heard just isnít credible, and in good conscience, I cannot allow this to go any further." The judge cited the discrepancies in the accuserís version of the alleged abuse; his accounts on the witness stand differed substantially from both grand jury testimony and from the sworn affadavit filed with an archdiocesan claims tribunal last year.

Posted by kshaw at November 4, 2005 08:44 PM