Sex-Offender Priest to Seek Rehabilitation

Los Angeles Times
June 25, 1992

A Catholic priest who had pleaded guilty to four counts of child molestation was allowed Wednesday to seek rehabilitation prior to sentencing by a San Fernando Superior Court judge.

Judge Howard J. Schwab delayed sentencing for Richard Allen Henry until March 17, 1993, to allow Henry to seek treatment for at least six months at St. Luke's Hospital in Maryland. Henry, who was a priest at Holy Redeemer Church in Montrose, faces a maximum of 14 years in prison.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Cynthia L. Ulfig did not oppose the delay in sentencing, saying that Henry had shown remorse by pleading guilty in the early stages of the prosecution, "which meant the victims did not have to testify."

Ulfig said Henry, 46, pleaded guilty in December to fondling and committing sex acts with four boys between 1986 and 1991, when the boys were between the ages of 10 and 12. Henry was a frequent visitor with the boys' families and molested them in their homes, Ulfig said. The molestations were revealed in 1991, when the oldest boy, now 18, found out that his younger brother had also been molested and confronted the priest. At that point, Henry turned himself in to police.


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