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Witness: Priest said bishop had abused teen

April 19, 2012
By HEATHER ZIEGLER - For The Weirton Daily Times , Weirton Daily Times

PHILADELPHIA - A man testified Wednesday in a clergy abuse trial that a priest raped him in the 1970s at a beach house owned by the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield and that he was told that Bransfield, who currently serves as bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, also sexually abused a boy.

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