January 31, 2006

Accuser Says He Hid Abuse by Priest

Los Angeles Times

By Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer

The man whose accusations could finally land admitted molester Michael Edwin Wempe in jail took the witness stand Monday and testified that he hid his abuse by the priest from everybody, even his mother.

The 26-year-old man, identified in court only as Jayson B., said that, at first, he thought it was normal that the priest touched his genitals. "It was Father Mike," he testified. "It was really difficult to think that anything he did could be wrong."

But he became disturbed when the abuse escalated to oral copulation, said Jayson B., who wept through most of his testimony.

"I said, 'What are you doing?' " Jayson B. testified. "And he said that I was a special boy and he loves me."

Wempe is accused of molesting Jayson B. from 1990 to 1995, beginning when Jayson B. was 11, while the priest was working as a chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Posted by kshaw at January 31, 2006 08:30 AM