Fr. John P. Hess

Ordained: 1983
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Louis MO

Hess pled guilty in 5/02 to one felony count of possessing child pornography received over the Internet. Federal agents seized Hess’ computer from rectory in 3/02 as part of Operation Candyman sting. Allowed to change guilty plea from possession of child pornography to lesser charge of possession of obscene materials because of problems with warrants. Sentenced in 2003 to 3 months in a halfway house, 5 years probation, and a fine of $5,000. Removed from ministry. On the archdiocese’s list 7/26/19.

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