Friday, November 11, 2005


Retired priest pleads guilty to sex abuse

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - An 80-year-old retired Roman Catholic priest pleaded guilty today to charges of sexually abusing four boys several decades ago.

The Rev. Edwin Scherzer entered the pleas to four felony charges in Jefferson County Circuit Court and is to be sentenced January Ninth.

Prosecutors say they would recommend that Scherzer serve five years of home incarceration on each count, with the sentences to run at the same time.

Scherzer was accused of sexually abusing four boys in the 1950s and 1960s. One of the accusers says Scherzer choked and sexually abused him after instructing him to take off his clothes.

Scherzer was ordained in 1950 and retired in 1995. He was at St. Edward parish from 1956 to 1960 and at St. Therese from 1960 to 1969, according to the archdiocese.

Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly removed Scherzer from public ministry in 2002.

This year, the Vatican directed Scherzer to lead a life of prayer and penance.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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