CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A former Charlotte priest was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for sexually molesting a 14-year old boy.
Monday, for the first time, the victim, now 24 and known only as John Doe, addressed his abuser and the court. He told Robert Yurgel, "You are a liar, a thief of childhoods, and a child molester."
His words brought tears not only to the eyes of his family and friends, but strangers who were in court for their own cases.
"You have stolen my ability to trust. You have stolen my faith. You have stolen my childhood," he said.
Yurgel pleaded guilty to molesting John Doe, who was then a 14-year-old altar boy at St. Matthew.
Doe said the abuse intensified in 1999, when Yurgel was moved to Our Lady of Consolation. The physical abuse didn't stop until Yurgel was assigned to a church in New Jersey.
“For those institutions who continue to turn a blind
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