|Pinoy Priest Charged with Larceny and Child Porn
By Joseph Pimente
September 14, 2011
A FILIPINO priest in Massachusetts was arraigned in court on charges of possessing child pornography and stealing from the parish.
Lowe B. Dongor, who was the Diocese of Worcester’s first Filipino priest, was arraigned in Fitchburg District Court on Monday, September 12, after an investigation by the Worcester district attorney’s office found that he had been stealing from St. Joseph Parish where he was associate pastor and that one of his laptops contained images of child pornography.
Dongor, 35, has been charged with larceny of over $250, larceny from a building and possession of child pornography, according to The Worcester Telegram.
He was released on personal recognizance by Judge Andrew L. Mandell and was ordered not to use computers and not to have unsupervised contact with children under 14, the report states.
Dongor was placed on administrative leave of absence and relieved of his duties last July after state police were notified by an independent computer service that one of Dongor’s laptops contained images of child pornography.
The Worcester Telegram, citing court documents, reports that the images found on his computer were of “prepubescent girls around the ages of 10 and 11 in various states of undress.”
Police said the chest and genitals of the girls in the images were “prominently displayed,” the report states.
Dongor also allegedly admitted to police in an interview that on several occasions he stole “$40 or $60” from the parish office in Fitchburg to wire home to his family in the Philippines and also admitted to visiting several child pornography websites.
A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25.
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