Former Priest Sentenced

The Gleaner
January 10, 2006,1626,ECP_4476_4375630,00.html

LOUISVILLE (AP) -- An 80-year-old former Catholic priest convicted of sexually abusing four boys was sentenced Monday to five years of house arrest.

The Rev. Edwin Scherzer will also be required to file as a registered sex offender for abusing boys in his care during the 1950s and 1960s. Scherzer pleaded guilty in November to four counts of indecent or immoral acts or practices with a child younger than 15. Scherzer was sentenced to five years for each count.

The sentences will run concurrently, due in part to Scherzer's failing health, according to the Commonwealth's Attorney office.

Scherzer is living in an assisted living facility in Louisville.

He was ordained in 1950 and retired in 1995. He was at St. Edward parish from 1956 to 1960 and at St. Therese from 1960 to 1969, according to the Archdiocese of Louisville.

Louisville Archbishop Thomas Kelly removed Scherzer from public ministry in 2002.


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