Court News

Hartford Courant [Connecticut]
September 29, 2000


A Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to one count of risk of injury to a minor received a three-year suspended sentence and 10 years of probation Thursday in Bristol Superior Court.

Robert P. Pelkington, 59, had been charged with molesting two brothers in Southington. One incident occurred between December 1998 and March 1999 and another occurred in April 1999. Pelkington was charged in February.

As part of a plea agreement in August, he pleaded guilty to one count of risk of injury to a minor. His sentence was part of the plea agreement.

The 13-year-old and 11-year-old victims and their family supported the plea agreement and a suspended sentence, Supervisory Assistant State's Attorney Stephen G. Preleski said in court. Pelkington and his lawyer, Hubert Santos, declined to comment as they left the courtroom Thursday.

Pelkington, a priest of the Dominican Order, did not have a parish in Southington but was acquainted with the victims. Pelkington lives outside Connecticut.

The conditions attached to his probation include continued psychiatric treatment as deemed appropriate; no contact with the victims; paying restitution to the victims for their counseling expenses and notifying Connecticut probation when he visits the state. In addition, his computer Internet access will be regulated and he must register as a sex offender in Connecticut and Washington, D.C.


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