Church Attorney Admits in Court That Priest Was Molester

Associated Press, carried in WLFI
December 17, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS - An attorney for the Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis acknowledges 1 of its former priests "was a child molester and serial predator" of young boys.

Attorney Jay Mercer made that statement in court as he argued that the statute of limitations has run out on a fraud claim charging the archdiocese deceived an Indianapolis parish that Harry Monroe was suited to minister to young boys.

Monroe is named in 13 cases accusing him of molesting boys between 1974 and 1984 at parishes in Indianapolis, Terre Haute and Perry County. He has given a deposition in which he admits lewd behavior or sex acts with at least five boys.

A judge did not rule immediately whether the statute of limitations remains valid.


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