Judge Orders Cleric to Talk in Abuse Case

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Haley J. Fromholz on Wednesday ordered a retired priest to answer questions about three former clerics accused in lawsuits of molesting children.

Msgr. Michael Lenihan refused at a deposition to respond to plaintiffs’ inquiries about a woman who reported she was abused by a former priest, Michael S. Nocita.

Lenihan, pastor emeritus at a Redondo Beach church, also was ordered to answer questions about Michael S. Baker and John Lenihan, his nephew.