New lawsuit claims Bishop Bransfield sexually abused seminarians
Wheeling, W.V., Mar 28, 2019 / 05:16 pm (CNA).- A new lawsuit against the former bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, claims that the prelate sexually assaulted seminarians, a claim that he has denied.
A former seminarian filed the lawsuit against Bishop Michael Bransfield last week. The plaintiff, who is identified as J.E., said the bishop had harassed him for years prior to a case of sexual assault.
“Bishop Bransfield was a sexual predator with a lustful disposition,” states the lawsuit, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “After being placed in a position of trust by [the Church, he] sexually abused, molested, fondled and