Judge denies Blackwell's request for evaluation of accuser

December 11, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A judge denied yesterday a request by a priest's attorney to order a psychological examination of the man who accused the cleric of sexually abusing him.

Baltimore Circuit Judge John M. Glynn said a psychological evaluation by a doctor selected by the defense could be hard to explain to the jury. Glynn said he thought the evaluation would be "contrary to the interests of justice."

The Rev. Maurice Blackwell, 58, is accused of sexually abusing Dontee Stokes, 28, who shot Blackwell about a decade after the time the abuse is alleged to have occurred. Blackwell is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 3. Blackwell, a pastor at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in West Baltimore from 1979 until 1998, was stripped of his church authority after admitting to having a sexual relationship with another teenage boy in the early 1970s.

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