The Catholic edition….
Father Ysrael Bien was placed on leave after not reporting a hidden camera located in the mens room. He is under criminal investigation related to the incident. Bien was a priest at St. Francis Church in Sherwood, Oregon.
Father James Rapp was charged with six additional counts of sexual misconduct. He was previously arraigned on 13 counts of the same charge for allegedly abusing two teen-age boys. He is already serving 40 years for another similar crime. Rapp was the priest at Lumen Christi High School, in Jackson, Maine.
Rev. Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang is suing the parents, police and a victim’s rights group (SNAP) after molestation charges were dropped early last month. Jiang claims his reputation was damaged. The victims are suing Jiang for damages. His archbishop has pulled his faculties. Jiang was part of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Father William Casey, convicted of rape and criminal sexual misconduct four years ago and sentenced to 35 to 40 years in prison, is back in court with a request for a new trial. I’m thinking he his chances are low.
The Minnesota Supreme Court reinstated the conviction of Father Christopher Thomas Wenthe on one count of clergy third-degree sexual misconduct. Menthe has already served his sentence, but with this ruling must register as a sex offender. Wenthe worked as a priest in two Delano, Minnesota area Catholic churches.
Father Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul was convicted of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl. He was sentenced to time served and deported to India. I’m sure the community feels cheated. Jeyapaul worked for the Catholic Diocese of Crookston in Minnesota.