Jul 25, 2012 / 01:14 am
Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston says accusations of abuse against him have been disproved, with the alleged victim and another witness coming forward to attest to his innocence.
"I am pleased to be able to say that this allegation has been put to rest," Bishop Bransfield wrote in a July 23 letter, addressing the "false hearsay statements" made against him during the recent trial of Monsignor William Lynn and Father James Brennan.
"Ron Rock, the high school student whom I had allegedly victimized – now a prominent Philadelphia businessman – has now publicly confirmed that this allegation is completely false," Bishop Bransfield wrote.
"Timothy Love was also with us on that occasion, and he has also confirmed the completely innocent and proper nature of my friendship with them."