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Former priest faces suit alleging rape of altar boy

A former Naples priest who left the clergy after accusations of sexual abuse while at a Catholic school now faces a lawsuit alleging misconduct with a 10-year-old altar boy in Miami.

William Romero, 66, moved to La Belle in rural Hendry County east of Fort Myers after retiring from the priesthood more than a decade ago. Years later, men and women from Naples to New York have been coming forward to accuse him of abuse.

The latest claim surfaced in a June 26 lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court. It accuses Romero with raping a St. Augustine Catholic Church altar boy in a church office in 1975.

The alleged victim, identified only as A.B., is now 38, married and living in Westchester County, N.Y.

Romero denied the latest allegation. "I guess it's just one of the hazards of working with youth," he said. "I can give you a million people who would speak good of me."

Probation given man in illegal Web pharmacy case

MIAMI _ A restaurant manager was placed on probation for two years Thursday for shipping packages of prescription drugs sold by an illegal Internet pharmacy launched by his mother.

John Gorman was convicted along with his mother, his brother and a Web master for $1.3-million in sales generated by two Internet sites. The business was shut down in May 2001 after less than a year.

Betty Gorman organized the business, which used her suburban Pembroke Pines bedroom to repackage wholesale prescriptions obtained with a fake license. The customers received legitimate U.S.-made drugs.

John Gorman delivered orders to the post office, bought $13,700 worth of shipping supplies and knew the packages contained prescription drugs. He was convicted of misdemeanors, but the jury found Betty Gorman, another son, James, and Web master Kenneth Dodd guilty of felonies in April. They could face prison terms of up to nine years at sentencing July 25.

Legitimate Internet pharmacies display a seal indicating they meet state licensing requirements.

A guide issued by the federal Food and Drug Administration tells consumers what to look for when shopping for medication online. More information is available on the Web at: www.fda.gov/cder/drug/ consumer/buyonline/

guide.htm.

_ Wire reports

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