Fr. Paul Gotta

Ordained: 2006
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Hartford CT

Administrator of St. Phillip’s in East Windsor and St. Catherine’s in Broad Brook. Removed 7/13 while archdiocese investigated complaint of sex abuse of a minor. Law enforcement notified, investigation launched. Arrested 7/19/13 on federal firearms charges. Released 7/25/13. In 6/13 he had reported an 18-year-old youth to police for threats against boy’s school. Arrested 3/31/14 on sex assault charges. Allegedly made boy strip and assaulted him before giving him his paycheck. Pled not guilty. Sex assault charges dropped in 11/15 in plea agreement; pled guilty to second degree breach of peace. Six-month suspended sentence. Pled guilty 3/16 to distributing explosives to a minor. (Helped a teen make a pipe bomb.) Sentenced in 2017 to nine months in prison. Per archdiocese’s list 1/22/19, canonical process underway.

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