Victim testifies against Louisville priest on trial for sexual abuse allegations


[with video]

Updated: Nov 28, 2016

By Katrina Helmer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Fr. Joseph Hemmerle is facing nine counts of sexual abuse and sodomy, and in court Monday, the victim explained to the jury the moment he says his life changed forever.

A victim, who is now 53 years old and lives in Texas, relived what he claims was a nightmare at camp.

“He’s sitting right there,” the victim said, pointing at Fr. Hemmerle.

Fr. Hemmerle is accused of sexually abusing and sodomizing a 10-year-old boy in the 1970s at Tall Trees Camp in Meade County.

He helped run the camp for at least 30 years.

The victim told the jury that he had poison ivy at camp and that Fr. Hemmerle offered to treat it. But that’s when the victim says Fr. Hemmerle abused him.

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