Trial Involving Priest, Sex Ring to Start Thursday
Priest Opts for Bench Trial
NewsChannel5 [Clevland OH]
May 12, 2003
CLEVELAND -- Father Daniel McBride waived his right to a jury trial in court Monday, in connection with a prostitution ring involving underage boys.
Instead, he will have a bench trial, which only involves a three-judge panel, according to NewsChannel5.
The trial, which will also include Martin Lynch, will begin Thursday. Lynch is also a suspect in the case involving underage prostitution.
Cuyahoga County prosecutors tied McBride's case to Marshall McCarrons Tavern on Cleveland's west side. The bar was reportedly a haven for prostitution, WEWS reported.
McBride's attorney said county prosecutors are using his client as a scapegoat. McBride retired from the priesthood in 1987, but served as senior pastor at St. Barnabas Church in Northfield Township.
Lyn Ernsberger, 61, is the third of five suspects involved in a juvenile prostitution ring at the tavern.
His home was adjacent to the bar and served as a runaway for juvenile males. Ernsberger also provided drugs and alcohol for the minor runaways, who he also had sex with.
Prosecutors said from January 2000 to May 2000, he allowed three juvenile males prostitutes to live at his house and ran a brothel for adult males to solicit sex from juveniles.
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