Conn. Judge: Allegations against Priest Credible

October 20, 2010

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut judge has found strong evidence to support allegations by a man that he was sexually abused by a priest in the 1980s and issued a $10 million attachment of the priest's assets while the case heads to a jury.

Thirty-four-year-old William Dotson made the allegations against the Rev. Stephen Bzdyra (BIZ'-der-ah) in a civil lawsuit in July. The Associated Press generally does not name victims of sexual assault, but Dotson's attorney, Joel Faxon, said his client wanted to come forward.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Robert Berdon, who conducted a hearing in Superior Court, ruled Wednesday that Dotson's testimony was "credible and overwhelming."

Bzdyra's attorney, Hugh Keefe, said such hearings involve a low standard of proof and the priest has few assets to attach. Keefe has denied the allegations against Bzdyra, who was suspended.


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