Former Priest's Sex-Abuse Appeal before Court

By Peter Smith
The Courier-Journal
February 14, 2007

The state's highest court today will for the first time hear an appeal of a criminal conviction stemming from the sexual-abuse in the Archdiocese of Louisville.

The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear the appeal of Daniel C. Clark, who was convicted in 2003 on charges that he sexually abused two boys in Bullitt County.

Clark's attorney, David Lambertus, said in his written appeal that his client deserves a new trial, claiming that Bullitt Circuit Judge Thomas Waller excluded evidence that he should have allowed and allowed testimony from another victim of Clark that he should have excluded.

Lambertus also argues that Waller failed to instruct the jury correctly.

The attorney general's office argues that Waller handled the trial correctly.

Clark, 58, who was removed from the priesthood in 2004, was also accused of sexual abuse in 19 lawsuits against the archdiocese — including one filed by the Bullitt boys' mother on their behalf.

The archdiocese eventually settled all the cases.

Clark was convicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse for molesting the two Bullitt boys between 1999 — when one was 8 years old and the other 9 — and 2002.


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