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Tony's friend Dennis claims the same priest molested him for about three to four years when he was a teenager.

"I grew up in a house where my grandmother's twin brother was a Catholic priest. I have three aunts that are Catholic nuns. And I could not turn to any of them because what do you tell somebody when somebody's supposed to be guiding you spiritually [yet] is turning around and doing just the opposite behind everybody's back and right under their noses? Who are they going to believe?"

Dennis says he struggles with his past every day.

"I'm sitting here as a 34-year-old man, but talking about it…I am 15 years old again and scared to death now," he says. "I shave in the shower so I don't have to look at my face. I'll brush my teeth only after the mirror's been fogged over. Everybody tells me what a great person I am. But when I look in the mirror I see that 14-, 15-year-old kid, who if I would have said something then—would have found somebody who would have believed in me—there would have been five less victims after me from the same person. And to this day, I'm having a hard time dealing with that."
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Published on June 13, 2005

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