Alleged Victim to Testify in Priest Trial

January 27, 2006

LOS ANGELES An alleged sexual abuse victim of ex-priest Michael Wempe will testify today in the Los Angeles courtroom where his brother delivered teary testimony yesterday afternoon.

The victim is identified in court only as Jayson. He alleges that Wempe molested him in the 1990s.

Jayson's brother, known as Mark-B, was questioned yesterday. He said Wempe molested him too, along with a third brother Lee. Wempe can't be tried for those alleged abuses because they fall outside the court's statute of limitations. But Jayson's don't.

Wempe's defense acknowledges that Mark and Lee were abused. But it claims that Jayson's allegations were fabricated to seek retribution for his brothers.

Mark is expected to be cross-examined this morning before Jayson takes the stand.


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