May 16, 2002

In an article Sunday, the Associated Press, quoting a report by the Washington Post, said erroneously that Frank Martinelli accused a Connecticut priest of biting him during a sexual assault.

Martinelli did not make that claim in his lawsuit over the alleged assault, according to Danbury, Conn., attorney Jennifer Laviano, whose firm represented Martinelli in the suit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport. The biting claim was made in a separate assault allegation by a teen-ager who has not been publicly identified.

The Sun regrets the error.

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