Lawyers Rest Cases in Church Abuse Trial

Burlington Free Press
August 22, 2008

Both sides in the clergy sex abuse trial in Burlington rested their cases today after showing jurors videotaped testimony addressing allegations the state's Roman Catholic diocese covered up sexual misconduct by priests.

Lawyers for the alleged victim in the case given the jury presented a pre-recorded interview of former Bishop Kenneth Angell and lawyers for diocese showed testimony by Judge Mark Keller and the Rev. Phillip LaMothe.

After the final videotape was shown, Judge Matthew Katz dismissed the jury for the weekend and told them they will begin deliberations on the case after hearing closing arguments from the lawyers Monday morning.

The case involves claims by a Waitsfield man who says that as Christ the King Church altar boy in 1977 and 1978, he was molested by the Rev. Edward Paquette between 20 and 50 times.

The man is suing the diocese, claiming it knew Paquette was a child molester when it hired him, yet continued to employ Paquette and put him in situations where he could molest more boys. The diocese has argued the man waited too long to file his lawsuit and took no action over the years to address the alleged abuse he knew he had suffered.


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