Ex-priest, ex-altar boy keep trading accusations

Journal Inquirer

Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

By Alex Wood
Journal Inquirer

The priest formerly assigned to East Windsor’s two Roman Catholic churches and a former altar boy are continuing to trade charges, even as the last of three criminal cases stemming from their former friendship moves toward a conclusion after more than three years of litigation.

The Rev. Paul A. Gotta — formerly administrator of St. Philip Church on South Main Street and St. Catherine Church on Windsorville Road — had been scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford for giving about 2 pounds of black powder to the altar boy. Federal law prohibits providing explosives to a person younger than 21.

But Judge Robert N. Chatigny has postponed the sentencing to Dec. 7 as a result of a motion by Gotta’s lawyer, Moira L. Buckley, requesting more time to prepare.

Buckley said in the motion that the former altar boy, Kyle D. Bass, whom she referred to only by his initials, has made “numerous additional allegations,” related to the federal case and to a closed state case in which Bass accused Gotta of sexually assaulting him.

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