Evangelism Exposed

“Jesus wept.” Joh 11:35

Man testifies of alleged sex abuse by priest


BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A man suing the Belleville diocese has told a jury a former priest sexually abused him 40 or 50 times decades ago and threatened to kill his parents if he told.

James Wisniewski (wizh-NEW’-skee) says he was an altar boy at St. Theresa’s Parish in Salem when the Reverend Raymond Kownacki allegedly abused him from 1973 to 1978.

Wisniewski testified that Kownacki told him that the church condoned sexual abuse of minors. Wisniewski also told jurors that Kownacki threatened to kill Wisniewski’s parents if the molestation ever became known.

He said Kownacki showed him a handgun under his bed.

An attorney for the diocese did not immediately return messages Tuesday. No published telephone listing for Kownacki could be found.

August 26, 2008 - Posted by | Altar Boys, Sex Abuse

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