November 11, 2005

Louisville priest pleads guilty to abusing boys

The Courier-Journal

By Gregory A. Hall
The Courier-Journal

The Rev. Edwin Scherzer, a Roman Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Louisville, pleaded guilty yesterday to abusing four boys between 1956 and 1966, agreeing to spend five years under house arrest.

One of the victims, Tom Weiter, said in a telephone interview last night that, as a boy, he "was taught to love Father Scherzer because he was a priest."

Scherzer was "a good priest and a family friend," Weiter said, but also "a guy who used children for his own sexual gratification."

Scherzer, 80, pleaded guilty to four felony counts of indecent or immoral practices with a child under 15, the equivalent of what would be called sexual abuse under current Kentucky law, said Steve Tedder, a spokesman for the commonwealth's attorney's office.

Posted by kshaw at November 11, 2005 06:58 AM