Jury Finds Ex-Priest Guilty of Rape

By Jason Riley
The Courier-Journal [Louisville KY]
March 22, 2007

After deliberating less than two hours, a Jefferson Circuit Court jury this afternoon found former Roman Catholic priest Bruce Ewing guilty of 3rd degree rape of a teenager in the 1970s.

However, the jury — six men and six women — acquitted Ewing on two counts of sodomy.

Ewing, who could face up to five years in prison on the rape conviction, hung his head after the verdict was read.

A previous trial in September 2004 ended in a mistrial when one juror refused to convict Ewing.

Ewing, who left the priesthood in 1977 and was later an aide to two Louisville government officials, has been out of jail on bond. He was accused of abusing Janet Goodner between 1974 and 1976 while a priest at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

During the trial, Goodner testified she had a consensual relationship in the mid-1970s — starting when she was 14. Ewing denied any sexual relationship with her.

Goodner sat still in the courtroom as the verdicts were read.


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