Suit charges sex abuse by priest

Man says cleric working in Venice diocese implied he would be deported

Herald Tribune, Southwest Florida/September 23, 2007

Sarasota County -- A 42-year-old Cuban man is accusing a priest who worked in the Diocese of Venice of sexually abusing him under threats to have him deported.

The man, identified in court records only by the initials "J.G.," filed a lawsuit saying that Monsignor Priamo Tejeda-Rosario rescued him from religious persecution in Cuba, only to abuse him in the Dominican Republic and in Florida in 2005.

Tejeda left his position as former bishop of Bani in the Dominican Republic and started working in the Venice diocese nine years ago.

J.G. says Tejeda contacted him in Miami in 2005 and offered assistance in getting him a job with the Venice diocese.

But instead of driving him back to Venice, the man says that Tejeda drove him to a Broward County apartment, locked him inside and threatened to call the police if he did not have sex with him, the lawsuit states.

"His fear was that Monsignor Tejeda was going to have him deported if he complained," said Ronald Weil, the Miami-based attorney representing J.G.

Weil also said the man plans to make a report about the incident with the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

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