January 30, 2006

Witness sobs during testimony in Los Angeles about alleged clergy abuse


LOS ANGELES More emotional testimony in Los Angeles from a man who says he was molested a decade ago by ex-priest Michael Wempe (WEMP'-ee).

The 26-year-old accuser described sexual abuse he says took place in the 1990s in Wempe's office and car.

As he burst into tears, the witness declared: "I didn't want anyone to know about this."

Asked why he didn't tell anyone, he said the practice became routine and he couldn't convince himself it was wrong, because Wempe was a trusted priest.

Posted by kshaw at January 30, 2006 05:03 PM