Victim testifies against Louisville priest on trial for sexual abuse allegations
By Katrina Helmer, November 28, 2016, WDRB.com
Fr. Joseph Hemmerle is facing nine counts of sexual abuse and sodomy, and in court Monday, the victim explained to the jury the moment he says his life changed forever.
A victim, who is now 53 years old and lives in Texas, relived what he claims was a nightmare at camp.
"He's sitting right there," the victim said, pointing at Fr. Hemmerle.
Fr. Hemmerle is accused of sexually abusing and sodomizing a 10-year-old boy in the 1970s at Tall Trees Camp in Meade County.
He helped run the camp for at least 30 years.
The victim told the jury that . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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