FORT MYERS, Fla. - The attorney for a Southwest Florida alleged sex abuse victim released a confidential Diocese of Venice report Tuesday detailing the investigation into the claim a Fort Myers priest molested the boy.
The 11-page Diocese of Venice Tribunal report was kept confidential until another priest gave a copy of it to the victim.
"Their own independent investigation found that my client was telling the truth," attorney Adam Horowitz said.
In the report, the victim states Father Jean Ronald Joseph molested him in 1993 during a sleepover at Joesph's living quarters at Saint Frances Xavier Catholic Church in Fort Myers. The victim was 16 at the time.
After the victim disclosed the abuse in 2008, Father Joseph held a press conference at the Holmes Beach City Hall, publicly naming the victim and calling him a liar.
Horowitz says the press conference damaged his client's reputation in the Haitian-Catholic community.
"When he called my client a liar that carried a lot of weight in this small close-knit community," Horowitz said.
The Diocese report also notes Father Joseph had an established pattern of spending the night with males from the youth group.