Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Priest charged with abuse for 1978 incident

Priest charged with abuse for 1978 incident
Associated Press
3:09 PM CDT, August 31, 2009

A former member of the Christian Brothers religious order who later became a Catholic priest has been charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy in Elm Grove in 1978.

Sixty-four-year-old James R. Blume appeared Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court. He was released on $15,000 bond, and has a preliminary hearing on Oct. 2.

Blume's attorney tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel his client "vehemently denies the allegations."

The victim, now 43, first told his girlfriend about the alleged abuse last year and went on to tell family and police.

At the time, Blume taught religious education classes at St. Luke's parish in Brookfield. The victim says the abuse happened on trips he took with Blume.

Blume became a priest in 1980, but was forced to take a leave of absence in 1989 and has been technically retired ever since.

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