January 24, 2006

Witnesses testify LA priest snared them in web of molestation

The Press-Enterprise

The Associated Press


A succession of grown men testified Tuesday that ex-priest Michael Wempe trapped them in a web of sexual molestation that began in their childhoods and continues to shadow their lives today.

Pointing across the courtroom where the former Roman Catholic clergyman was seated at the counsel table, on trial for molestation, prosecutor Todd Hicks asked a witness identified only as Jay F. how he knew Wempe.

"From a nightmare," said the 39-year-old man.

At one point, staring at Wempe, he said bitingly: "This guy is so sick."

He graphically outlined a pattern of molestation that involved fondling, masturbation and oral copulation that began when he was 13 and also ensnared two of his brothers.

Posted by kshaw at January 24, 2006 08:48 PM