January 26, 2006

Judge could decide today in priest records case

Naples Daily News

By Janine Zeitlin (Contact)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Two Florida newspapers — the Daily News and The Miami Herald — could get an answer today about whether employee records of a former Naples priest accused of sexual abuse should be made public.

The case is set before a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge.

Records may show the Catholic Church failed to protect children from William Romero, who worked at St. Ann school and church in 1975-76, according to an October motion filed by The Herald and later joined by the Daily News.

People deserve to know how the Catholic Church handled Romero, an “alleged serial pedophile,” the motion states.

The motion is linked to a civil case settled for an unknown amount in November 2005 that accused Romero of sexually abusing a 10-year Coral Gables altar boy in 1975.

Posted by kshaw at January 26, 2006 05:11 PM