April 24, 2006

Priest's abuse trial set to start

The Post and Courier

Monday, April 24, 2006 - Last Updated: 7:36 AM
Cleric charged with molesting 2 boys

The Post and Courier

A Catholic priest accused of molesting two young boys 27 years ago is scheduled to go on trial today in Charleston County.

If the trial goes forward, it would be the first of several molestation cases against Diocese of Charleston clergy, coaches or teachers to make it in front of a jury. Defendants in at least six previous abuse cases pleaded guilty rather than go to trial.

The Rev. James Nyhan, 60, faces two charges of committing a lewd act on a child under the age of 14.

The alleged incidents allegedly occurred around 1979 when Nyhan was a visiting associate pastor at the Church of the Nativity on Folly Road.

Posted by kshaw at April 24, 2006 09:08 AM