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Pickets to target paroled pedophile's home

June 09, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Demonstrators plan to picket Leisure World on Sunday to notify neighbors of the residency of Michael Wempe, a former Roman Catholic priest paroled after serving a three-year sentence for molesting a boy.

Wempe, 67, was paroled in February, with little publicity, said Mary Grant, director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Wempe has been accused of molesting 13 victims and was kept in the ministry despite warnings that he might be a sexual predator -- an oversight for which the church has publicly apologized.

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