Brentwood: Priest Gets Probation
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [Brentwood PA]
November 11, 2006
A Roman Catholic priest charged with stealing more than $81,000 from the parish he served has been placed on probation for 18 months as part of a program that could eventually allow him to clear his record.
Allegheny Common Pleas Judge Robert Gallo on Thursday also ordered the Rev. Leroy DiPietro, 64, to pay $895 in court fees and perform 200 hours of community service as part of the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for first-time offenders.
Prosecutors accused Father DiPietro of stealing the money from St. Sylvester Church in Brentwood from July 1999 through late last year. They said Father DiPietro, who was arraigned in August, took money from weekly collections and money deposited for votive candles.
The Diocese of Pittsburgh placed Father DiPietro on administrative leave in November 2005. Diocese spokesman Ron Lengwin said Father DiPietro has repaid the church.
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