Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States

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Michael R. 1993 P Convicted Diocesan Arrested 5/01 and charged with sexual abuse of a 13-yr-old boy over a year and a half period. Another allegation surfaced involving a 22-yr-old man abused about 10 yrs previously. Pled guilty in 2002-03 on two separate charges. Sentenced 2003 to 2 yrs jail and to 6 mo jail and 5 yrs probation. Released 4/04; requested laicization. Identified as Priest W in Suffolk Co. Grand Jury report of 1/03. On NY Sex Offender Registry. Arrested in 7/17 related to report of abuse 7/24/17 of a teen boy in Charlton. Charges included sodomy, sex abuse and using a child in a sexual performance. Also accused of possession and distribution of child porn Had been living at Easton Mountain Retreat, a center "created by gay men as a gift to the world," per its website. Guilty plea 1/18. Died in apparent suicide in jail 2/27/18. Rockville Centre, NY Source:
Newsday 03.08.02; Newsday 01.03.03; Newsday 01.03.03; Newsday 01.09.03; Newsday 01.14.03; Suffolk County Grand Jury Report 01.17.03; Newsday 02.05.03; NY Times 03.02.03; Newsday 03.04.03; Statement by Michael Hands 03.04.03; Newsday 03.12.03; Newsday 03.13.03; Newsday 05.01.04; Newsday 04.12.05; Newsday 09.05.17; Post-Star (Glen Falls NY) 09.05.17; Associated Press via 12 News WBNG 09.06.17; CBS 6 News WRGB 09.06.17; Post-Star 09.06.17; Times Union 09.06.17; Post Star 01.05.18; The Times-Union 01.05.18; Newsday 02.27.18; Times Union 02.27.18
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