Former head of Yakima Diocese testifies in federal rape case

Former head of Yakima Diocese testifies in federal rape case

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash.-- A former head of the Yakima Diocese testified in federal court Wednesday. He was bishop at the time a man known as John Doe claimed he was raped by a would-be deacon.

It was believed Bishop Emeritus Carlos Sevilla advised the accused not to come back from Mexico after he fled there. Sevilla testified the hiring paperwork of Aaron Ramirez must have been lost.

John Doe is suing the Yakima Diocese for more than $3 million.

The Yakima Herald reports the alleged victim also testified. John Doe is claiming the Diocese should have protected him.