Priest Convicted of Sex With Street Children Could Get New Trial

NBC 10

A federal judge has delayed next week’s sentencing for a priest convicted of having sex with poor street children during missionary trips to Honduras.

The judge will hold a hearing Tuesday on whether to grant a new trial for the Rev. Joseph Maurizio instead of sentencing the 70-year-old priest that day in Johnstown, about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Maurizio, a suspended Somerset County priest was convicted in September of charges including engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places, also known as sexual tourism.

Maurizio’s attorney has filed several sealed motions and documents in the last month, so his specific claims are unclear.

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