Crime & Justice

Washington Post
April 1, 2003

Ex-priest sentenced: A former Roman Catholic priest who served in Prince George's and Montgomery counties was sentenced to probation yesterday for molesting a boy nearly 40 years ago while counseling the boy's mother about divorce, State's Attorney Douglas F. Gansler said.

James A. Finan, 70, who had previously been jailed in another molestation case, pleaded guilty in January to fondling the boy, who was then 7 or 8 years old, while Finan spent a night at the boy's home in Silver Spring in 1966, Gansler said in a written statement. Finan, former pastor of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Laurel and Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kensington, lives in the District.

Circuit Court Judge Ann S. Harrington sentenced Finan to a suspended five-year sentence and five years' probation. He was defrocked in 1996.


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