Archive for Friday, February 10, 2006

Defense, prosecution: Priest was predator

February 10, 2006


— In an unusual twist, a prosecutor and defense attorney agreed Thursday that a retired priest on trial for molestation was a sexual predator who wrecked many lives decades ago.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Todd Hicks portrayed priest Michael Wempe as an unrepentant molester who went back to his old ways even after he was returned from a church treatment program.

The accuser, identified in court only as Jayson B., claims he was sexually abused between 1990 and 1995 at Wempe's office at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and in two cars.

Wempe, 66, denies molesting Jayson but has acknowledged that Jayson's two older brothers were among 13 boys he abused in the 1970s and 1980s.


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