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Ex- Priest Admits Having Sex with Men

St. Petersburg Times
March 18, 1987

ROCKLEDGE - A former priest accused of molesting altar boys said he also had sexual relations with more than 100 men he brought to church grounds, court files show. William Authenrieth, 50, was accused in four civil suits of molesting four altar boys while he was at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rockledge, which is southeast of Orlando on the East Coast. One of the suits has been settled and three are pending. He admitted in a deposition filed last year that he fondled the boys, records show. The suits, filed in Brevard Circuit Court, accuse the Orlando diocese and Bishop Thomas Grady with negligence, claiming they did not fully investigate the priest's background.


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