Priest Sues Lawyer in Sex Abuse Case

The Ledger [Florida]
February 1, 2006

A Catholic priest suspended by the Archdiocese of Miami because of sexual-abuse allegations says he was defamed by one of his accusers' lawyers.

The Rev. Alvaro Guichard, 65, is suing Jeffrey Herman for statements made during a Sept. 22, 2004, news conference at Herman's office in Aventura. At the conference, Herman was announcing settlements involving the archdiocese and several sex-abuuse lawsuits. Guichard showed up unexpectedly, which started a verbal argument.

Guichard claimed he was defamed when Herman said "you raped and sodomized their family member."

The priest responded by saying all lawsuits against him are false.


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