Former Fairbanks Priest Pleads Guilty in Child Pornography Case
March 13, 2015
A former Fairbanks parish priest will serve at least 10 years in federal prison for a child pornography-related offense under a signed plea agreement filed Wednesday.
Under the agreement, Clint Landry, 58, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.
Landry was a priest at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Fairbanks' largest Catholic congregation, until May. In May, a diocese custodian at Landry's church-provided home saw an open email on Landry's computer with a sexually explicit photo of a teenage girl, according to a description of the case against him in the plea agreement.
The FBI searched Landry's computer after the custodian contacted her supervisor. Investigators found other child pornography on his computer and a chat transcript from a few days before in which Landry paid $55 in anticipation of seeing a video from a Yahoo account that claimed to be a 16-year-old boy in the Philippines. During the summer of 2013 he contacted seven Yahoo accounts for the purpose of seeing child pornography, according to the plea agreement.
Landry is a longtime New Orleans schoolteacher, according to his church biography. He first came to Fairbanks in 2009 and was ordained in 2011.
Landry is scheduled to be sentenced in June. The expected sentencing range is 12 1/2 to 15 years, according to the plea agreement.