Witness Questions Truthfulness of Priest's Accuser

By Jeff Coen
Chicago Breaking News
October 20, 2008

The father-in-law of a man who alleges he was abused by a Jesuit priest testified today that he has difficulty trusting the young man who married his oldest daughter.

Peter DeMarco testified for the defense at the ongoing trial of Donald McGuire, now defrocked and accused of abusing boys in his care. McGuire's chief accuser, known in court as Dominick, testified earlier this month that McGuire had sexual contact with him beginning in 1999, when the accuser was 13.

DeMarco told jurors that Dominick married into his family last year and that there has been a strain on their relationship caused by Dominick's difficulty telling the truth.

DeMarco said Dominick stayed with his family twice in recent years.

"Dominick struggles under pressure to tell the truth," DeMarco said under questioning from McGuire's lawyer, Stephen Komie, going on to say that in the midst of conflict, Dominick has trouble telling things "as they really are."

Under cross-examination from prosecutors, DeMarco agreed that his opinion was based on family troubles involving his daughter. As far as the allegations in the case, DeMarco acknowledged that he was worried that Dominick had been sexually abused and encouraged him to file suit against the priest and the Jesuits.


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