January 25, 2006

Witness: former LA priest abused student from sex ed class

San Francisco Chronicle

By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

(01-25) 00:01 PST Los Angeles (AP) --

Former priest Michael Wempe bonded with one of the boys he later molested while teaching a sex education class at a Catholic high school, one of his former students testified.

The alleged victim, now a 39-year-old man identified as Greg J., claimed at Wempe's molestation trial Tuesday that the priest told students in his Paraclete High School class that masturbation was "God's gift to relieve sexual tension" and demonstrated how to do it with hand motions.

Greg J., one of the grown men who told of Wempe's abuse of them as boys, said he bonded with Wempe as a teacher and golf coach.

Posted by kshaw at January 25, 2006 12:38 PM