TUCSON Msgr. Walter F. Rosensweig, now in his 70s, has reached a confidential monetary settlement and the Diocese of Tucson has come to a resolution with a man who accused the priest of sexually abusing him when he was a teenager 16 years ago at Sacred Heart Church in Nogales. (8/26)
BUENA PARK A pastor convicted for violating city zoning rules by operating a makeshift homeless shelter has won the support of several of the jurors who voted against him. Four jurors attended services at Rev. Wile Drake's First Southern Baptist Church. Two declined comment but two others said they were impressed with the sermon and will donate money after touring the patio and parking lot where some 40 homeless people now live. They said they were forced by the law to convict, and Drake said he understood and thanked them for coming. He faces up to $4,000 in fines and 6 months in jail. Sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 22 (8/9)
The girl told police she was living with the Jessees because of family
problems she was having. She said Jessee would touch her inappropriately
and then pray and ask forgiveness, and that they had sex in March after
he came into the bathroom while she was taking a shower. After the incident
he packed her bags and asked her to move out.
Jessee pled no contest to the charges. (8/8)
Two misdemeanor molestation charges were dropped against Rabbi Sidney Goldenberg, 58, after the he entered the plea.
The assistant District Attorney said no deals were made on Goldenberg's sentencing, who said he would solicit statements from several adults in New York who say they were molested by Goldenberg as children. They would be considered during sentencing. (6/19)
Larsen posted bond the next night. (5/24)
PAMPANO BEACH Fr. Thomas Foudy, accused of sexual misconduct, can't be sued for "clergy malpractice" but can in his capacity as counselor to his accuser, parishioner Alinka Sullivan, a county circuit court judge has ruled. The lawsuit alleges that when the emotionally troubled woman turned to her priest for counseling, Foudy took advantage of her problems to initiate a sexual affair that left her feeling guilty, ashamed and permanently damaged.
Sullivan, a sometime model and actress, years before meeting Foudy, wrote and paid to have published a sexually explicit novel in which she criticized the Catholic Church and describes a seduction of a gay man as "deliciously sinful," akin to seducing a priest. (5/14)
Castillo, who had gained local prominence during the year-long strike when he walked the picket line and let union organizers use parish facilities, denied the charge. (No date)
CHICAGO Rev. Casey January, 30, a pastor at God's Tabernacle of Praise was charged with two counts of criminal sexual assault and one count of criminal sexual abuse. He allegedly assaulted a teenage girl after counseling her about a year ago in the church and her home. The alleged victim tried to commit suicide after the incidents. (8/7)
KOKOMO Former televangelist William E. Tully, Sr., 51 and 5 others are awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy to commit mail and securities fraud and money laundering. Tully and his Charter Financial Group, Inc., lost nearly $7 million, said by authorities to have floated a lavish lifestyle, including a 57-foot yatch, rather that the mortgages to build churches for poor congregations as claimed. His TV ministry collapsed in 1995 under the weight of a 61-count indictment. The trial, which is expected to start in Nov. and take several months, has already drawn battle lines over the use of videotaped statements from aged, frail investors and a defense fund in support of Tully. (8/22)
HUMBOLDT The bishop of the Sioux City diocese is asking parishioners to forgive their pastor, who admitted he had become addicted to gambling and misused parish funds. Fr. Michael Larkin, 56, resigned as pastor and is undergoing treatment. Bishop Lawrence Soens said an audit of parish finances has started and that restitution will be made. (4/26)
During the pre-sentencing hearing DeVenney tearfully apologized to a courtroom filled with parents and students. There were also several character witnesses who asked for compassion and a parent who called for a stiff sentence. One of the victims took the stand to describe his own encounter with DeVenney in the church rectory. Referring to DeVenney's steadfast denial that sexual abuse was never intended, the boy told him, "We both know what happened and we both know that someday you will have to face a higher authority." He also stated that his graduation, which should have been a joyful occasion, had been ruined because of the experience. (4/13)
LAFAYETTE After criminal charges were dropped against Fr. Mark Richard due to lack of evidence, Bishop Edward O'Donnell lifted his leave from active ministry but said further evaluation is needed before giving him a new assignment.
Richard was arrested last January on suspicion of indecent behavior with a juvenile when they found him parked in a car with a 14-year-old boy at 1:30 A.M. The recently-ordained priest and the boy both denied wrongdoing. (5/30)