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Witness: Priest said W.Va. bishop once abused teen

Witness says priest told him W.Va. bishop once abused teen; diocese calls Pa. trial a 'circus' By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' A man has testified during a clergy sex-abuse trial that he was raped at a home owned by the current West Virginia bishop and that he was told the bishop also sexually abused a boy.

The 48-year-old witness made the statements Wednesday about Michael Bransfield, bishop of the Wheeling-Charleston diocese, during the Philadelphia trial.

He says he saw Bransfield bring several boys to a farm owned by now-defrocked priest Stanley Gana. The witness says Gana told him Bransfield was having sex with one of them.

The man says Gana raped him for years, including at Bransfield's beach house. The Associated Press does not identify the victims of sexual abuse.

Another witness has testified that Bransfield had a lewd conversation with him.

Bransfield's diocese called the trial "a circus" and says prosecutors are trying "to smear individuals not on trial."

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