|Pueblo Judge Rules That Priest Should Stand Trial for Alleged Sexual Abuse
September 8, 2009
Pueblo District Judge Larry Schwartz ruled last week that two alleged sexual-abuse victims of defrocked Catholic priest William Groves can have a jury trial.
Groves, whose whereabouts are unknown, reportedly sexually abused two children in a Pueblo parish in the 1980s. Schwartz ruled that a jury can decide if the alleged victims waited too long to file their lawsuit in March.
"Groves' accusers were born in 1974," the Pueblo Chieftan reports. "One claimed Groves subjected him to sodomy, oral sex, mutual masturbation and fondling for seven years, concluding in 1990… The other plaintiff claimed that when he was 12 years old … Groves introduced him to alcohol and marijuana, then committed sexual abuse on him and showed him homosexual pornography."
The Pueblo Catholic diocese had asked that the two cases be thrown out, according to a news release.
In 1990, Groves pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy, according to the news release.
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