Records: Diocese of Corpus Christi priest accused of theft

Corpus Christi Caller Times

June 28, 2018

By Eleanor Dearman

Krzysztof Bauta, a Catholic priest released from his job at a Port Aransas church last year, is accused of stealing at least $150,000 from the diocese, court documents show.

In December 2017, officials from the Diocese of Corpus Christi met with a Texas Ranger. They alleged Bauta “had continuously stolen or defrauded the Diocese out of a large sum of money from July 2013 through December 2017,” an arrest warrant affidavit shows.

Bauta was arrested Tuesday by Texas Rangers for theft, a second-degree felony, according to his booking sheet. Sgt. Nathan Brandley, of the Texas Department of Public Safety, confirmed the arrest and said “there is still an open and ongoing investigation going on with the Texas Rangers.”

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