Judge Says Former Priest Must Take Program

United Press International
June 21, 1989

A judge ruled Wednesday a former Lincoln priest convicted of having sexual ocntact with a child will have 60 days to participate in a program for mentally disordered sex offenders or be sent to prison.

The Rev. Paul Margand was found in February 1988 to be a mentally disordered sex offender and was sentenced to the maximum 20 months to five years of psychiatrict treatment and prison.

Since being sentenced, Margand has been at the Lincoln Regional Center, but has refused since November to participate in the sex offender program. He said it interfered with his right to attend Mass and it lacked qualified personnel.

Lancaster County District Judge Donald Endacott said Margand "either takes the program or goes to prison. He set another review hearing for Aug. 9.

Margand was accused of sexually assaulting two boys, 11 and 12, who had sought private instruction with him while he served at St. Teresa's Catholic Church.

As part of a plea agreement, he pleaded no contest to one charge of having sexual contact with a child. A second such charge and one charge of first-degree false imprisonment were dismissed.


Any original material on these pages is copyright © 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.