Bishop of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese, Michael J. Bransfield, said in a statement, "I have never sexually abused anyone." Bransfield is being accused of being linked to an alleged predator priest and child abuse in the early 1980's.
A witness brought this all out in the open in a Philadelphia courtroom. He told a jury he was raped by Father Stanley Gana inside a beach home owned by Bransfield.
The bishop further said in his statement that numerous friends and priests were permitted to use the home. "I was not aware of the incident and was not present at the house at that time." Bransfield said.
The alleged victim testified that Gana put him on the phone with then Father Michael J. Bransfield, who allegedly said he was going to have the boy sent to him.
The Philadelphia Inquirer also reports that another witness told the jury on Wednesday, that Bransfield actually had sex with teenage boys. That witness told the judge that Bransfield brought multiple boys to a farm where Gana allegedly raped them.
The Philadelphia Inquirer also reports that Bransfield has never been charged with sexually assaulting any children.
Prosecutors in the Philadelphia trial are claiming the Catholic church had a long standing pattern of trying to avoid this type of scandal.
SNAP, The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests are calling on the bishop to address the issues and clarify his relationship with Ganna.
Click Here to see Bishop Branfield's full statement on these allegations.