Former East Windsor Priest’s Plea Deal May End His Career
By Alex Wood
November 20, 2015
Although the sexual-assault case against the former administrator of East Windsor’s two Roman Catholic parishes ended this week with his conviction only of a misdemeanor not involving sexual misconduct, the conviction should end his career as a priest, a prosecutor says.
The Rev. Paul A. Gotta, who formerly served at St. Philip Church on South Main Street and St. Catherine Church on Windsorville Road, was convicted in a plea bargain of second-degree breach of peace, under a provision of that law that deals with assaulting or striking another person.
Prosecutor Debra Collins said Wednesday in Hartford Superior Court that “the canonical attorney familiar with this matter” had reported that “‘any guilty plea to physical force’ will result in the defendant ‘never being a priest again.’”