- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 23, 2002

BALTIMORE Another person saying he was abused by the Rev. Maurice Blackwell came forward yesterday, claiming the priest raped him as a teen-ager and told him it was OK with God.
Father Blackwell was shot more than a week ago by another man who said the priest sexually abused him. He was released Sunday from the hospital in fair condition. He has not been charged with any crime.
Dontee D. Stokes, 26, is charged with attempted murder.
Ricardo Wayman, 50, said yesterday that Father Blackwell raped and sodomized him during a three-year period, starting when he was 15. He came forward, he said, to support Mr. Stokes' claim and prevent further abuse.
"I can still smell his breath. He used to smell musky," said Mr. Wayman, who said he never told anyone what happened because he was ashamed. "I thought it was filthy, dirty. I was afraid to face my friends. I was afraid to say something to my family."
Father Blackwell did not immediately return a call yesterday to his home seeking comment on the latest accusations.
Baltimore police said Mr. Wayman made an appointment to discuss the matter today with detectives who investigate sexual abuse.
A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Baltimore said he did not have any information about the latest accusations.
"We're hearing about it for the first time," said Ray Kempisty. Asked how the archdiocese would respond, he said it was too early to tell.
Mr. Wayman, an airport-shuttle driver, cried as he described the abuse. He said it began after a folk concert the church helped organize when he was in a program for underprivileged youth. He said Father Blackwell lured him into the basement of St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore.
"He sodomized me," Mr. Wayman said. "I was then forced to perform oral sex."
Mr. Wayman said two other seminarians guarded a door while Father Blackwell took advantage of him. He cannot remember their names, he said.
Elizabeth L. Visconage, a spokeswoman for St. Mary's Seminary, did not immediately return calls to her office and home seeking comment.
Joanne Suder, who is developing a civil case for Mr. Stokes against Father Blackwell, said Mr. Wayman is telling the truth.
"Blackwell took him into a room and sodomized him and raped him and told him that that was OK with God," Miss Suder said.
The archdiocese said Mr. Stokes reported being abused to police in 1993, but Father Blackwell was never charged. The archdiocese conducted an investigation at the time and found the charges were "not credible," Mr. Kempisty said.
Father Blackwell was removed from his church post in 1998 after admitting a sexual relationship with another youth.
Miss Suder said there is a third, unnamed man who claimed Father Blackwell molested him in the 1970s. That man made accusations to the church in 1998.
The State's Attorney's Office in Baltimore said it never received two letters the archdiocese sent that year detailing abuse.
The archdiocese faxed the letters last week to the office, which forwarded them to police.
Yesterday, state attorney's spokeswoman Margaret Burns said the police told her office there had been an investigation into the claim.
The probe included an Oct. 27, 1998, conversation that took place between a prosecutor and a police detective. Miss Burns said detectives dropped the case after the reported victim refused to testify.
They reopened the case this week in hopes that the person will come forward, she said.
Mr. Stokes' attorney, Warren Brown, said he will seek probation instead of jail time for Mr. Stokes.
"This kid has been abandoned at every twist and turn," Mr. Brown said.
"The church abandoned him, the police department and the State's Attorney's Office abandoned him. Nobody came forward when he told them what was going on. He carried that rejection with him for a decade."


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