Queens Priest Arrested After Sharing Explicit Texts, Photos With 15-Year-Old Boy: FBI

Channel 4, NBCNewYork.com

July 29, 2020

By Jonathan Dienst and Joe Valiquette

“How would you like to be spoiled by your grandpa?” the priest allegedly wrote to the underage teen in text messages, which included exchanges of photos

A priest in Queens was arrested by the FBI Wednesday for allegedly sharing sexually explicit texts and photos with a 15 year-old boy, including alleged attempts to meet the underage teen for sex.

“How would you like to be spoiled by your grandpa?” Rev. Francis Hughes allegedly wrote in texts to the teen that included exchanges of photos. “We can try to make it a regular thing.”

Hughes, 65, faces child pornography related charges. Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss called the allegations “chilling and frightening to any parent.”

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