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‘Ripe for abuse’: How Catholic sex scandal convinced one seminarian to go public

November 12, 2018

By Staff

DENVER — Stephen Szutenbach had never kissed anyone when, he says, a priest he had befriended in the late 1990s started making sexual advances. Szutenbach was 18, a devout Catholic teenager interested in the seminary; the Rev. Kent Drotar was a 39-year-old ranking administrator at St. John Vianney Seminary.

“I was so sheltered and I was very uncomfortable because … he’s in charge,” Szutenbach said. “He’s the person who could say, ‘I don’t think he’s fit to be in the seminary.’ ”

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