Bishop Michael Bransfield, who was named by a prosecution witness during the Philadelphia priest sex abuse trial, strongly denies the allegations leveled against him.
As the trial of a Philadelphia monsignor and a priest accused of child sex abuse and coverups moves forward, a second man testified today he was part of a rotation of boys repeatedly abused by a local priest in the late ’70s and early ’80s.
Testimony and argument in the clergy abuse case allegedly link bishop Michael Bransfield, of the Wheeling-Charleston West Virginia diocese, to an alleged predator priest and child abuse in the early 1980’s.
The witness, who later became a priest himself, says he confronted his abuser years later and also informed church officials, but the man was not prosecuted.
The prosecution in the Philadelphia clergy child abuse case continues to focus in on the heart of its case — alleged lies and coverups — as it presented evidence of another priest allowed to remain in ministry even after allegations of sexual predation.