Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Those Tranquilizers Sure Kept the Priest Busy

Another former-altar boy has accused the Rev. Anthony Mercieca of sexual abuse in the 1970s.
Another former altar boy says he was sexually abused in the 1970s by the same retired Catholic priest who acknowledged fondling former Rep. Mark Foley when Foley was a teenager, the man's attorney said Wednesday.

In multiple interviews last week, Mercieca denied having sexual intercourse with Foley, but did acknowledge being nude with him when Foley was a boy.
Mercieca also denied having sex with any underage children.
Depends on the definition of "sex" which always seems to get rather nebulous in this situations.

From attorney Jeffrey Herman:
"It was fondling and he performed oral sex on the boy," Herman said. "He attempted on another occasion following altar boy practice, but the boy declined to go on this bike ride and he never went back to the church after that."

Oh, so it wasn't sex. Glad we cleared that up. I guess it depends on the definition of "underage."
The man claiming sexual abuse said he was "about 12" at the time.

This 2nd man has not been identified and is listed as "John Doe" in the lawsuit. I guess we can expect more?

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