Margand Bound over for Trial

United Press International
July 10, 1987

A 12-year-old boy said Friday he thought he and the Rev. Paul Margand were going to pray when the priest asked him to lie on the floor. Instead Margand assaulted him, the boy testified.

Margand, accused of sexually assaulting two boys at St. Teresa's Catholic Church, was bound over to Lancaster County District Court for trial. Lancaster

County Judge Jack Lindner bound Margand, 30, over at the conclusion of his preliminary hearing in County Court.

Margand faces two counts of having sexual contact with a child and one count of first-degree false imprisonment. He is scheduled to be arraigned in district court Wednesday.

The boy fought back tears as he described the alleged April 22 assault at the church. The boy said he was taking private religious instruction from Margand on that day when the priest asked him to lie on the floor. The boy complied, thinking he was going to pray.

At Margand's request, they had lain on their backs and prayed during previous religious classes, the boy said. This time, Margand lay on top of him and began rubbing up and down with his body, the boy said.

Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Mary Thramer, using anatomically correct illustrative dolls, asked the boy to demonstrate the position of himself and Margand during the alleged assault. The boy placed one doll on top of the other and moved the midsection of the top doll up and down.

Lindner said there is probable cause to believe Margand is guilty of all three counts.

Margand's attorney, Kirk Naylor Jr., said after the hearing that he will challenge Lindner's findings that there was probable cause to believe Margand committed the crimes.

At the conclusion of Friday's hearing, Naylor asked Lindner not to find probable cause on the false imprisonment charge, contending that no evidence was presented that Margand restrained an 11-year-old boy who testified Wednesday.

Naylor said Margand has been transferred out of Nebraska but he does not know where he is living. Margand continues to perform priestly duties wherever he is living, Naylor said.


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