January 25, 2006

Witnesses tell of childhood sex abuse in trial of LA priest

The Mercury News

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - A sad fraternity of handsome, well-spoken men gathered in a courthouse this week to recall through the blur of time and denial what was done to them as children by a now-retired Roman Catholic priest.
Michael Wempe, 66, the gray-haired defendant on trial for molestation, sits quietly watching the witnesses, color rising in his florid face when descriptions from the men he knew as boys become especially graphic.
He has wept once after hearing of the long-term anguish suffered by one.
His lawyer says he has changed, that church-ordered therapy helped him and he is remorseful. The attorney also says Wempe is not guilty of charges by one young man that have brought him to criminal court at last.

Posted by kshaw at January 25, 2006 10:20 PM