Witness Sobs during Testimony in Los Angeles about Alleged Clergy Abuse

January 30, 2006

LOS ANGELES More emotional testimony in Los Angeles from a man who says he was molested a decade ago by ex-priest Michael Wempe (WEMP'-ee).

The 26-year-old accuser described sexual abuse he says took place in the 1990s in Wempe's office and car.As he burst into tears, the witness declared: "I didn't want anyone to know about this."Asked why he didn't tell anyone, he said the practice became routine and he couldn't convince himself it was wrong, because Wempe was a trusted priest.Wempe's attorney admits his client molested 13 boys in the '70's and '80's. But the defense says the current accuser made up his story to avenge his older brothers, who were two of Wempe's victims.The current accuser is the only one in this case.


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