Priest Sentenced on Second Porn Conviction

By Richard Burgess
Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, LA)
September 18, 2004

FRANKLIN - A former Morgan City priest who has been twice convicted on child pornography charges was sentenced on Friday to 10 years behind bars, bringing his total prison term to 20 years.

Patrick R. Kujawa, 35, who had served as associate pastor at Holy Cross Church in Morgan City, was first convicted in 2000 on 15 counts of child pornography in St. Mary Parish.

The former priest was arrested again earlier this year after federal agents found 300 digital images and 100 digital movie files of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct in a search of his computer.

Kujawa was sentenced to 10 years last month on federal pornography charges.

On Friday, state Judge Keith Comeaux tacked on 10 more years to Kujawa's sentence and fined the man $10,000 for violating his probation in the St. Mary Parish case, said prosecutor Jim McClelland.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux removed Kujawa from his post in Morgan City after the 2000 pornography charges arose.

Kujawa initially received no jail time on the those charges, but was sentenced to serve 10 years of probation.

The judge at the time ordered Kujawa to have no access to the Internet and to live on the grounds of a Benedictine monastery near Opelousas, where he was to have no unsupervised contact with children.

It was at the monastery where agents arrested Kujawa earlier this year after his credit card number was found in the business records of an online pornography dealer targeted in an Internet pornography sting.

Federal prosecutor Luke Walker has said most of the illicit images found on the Kujawa's computer were of young boys.

Kujawa's attorney, Edward Marquet, did not return calls for comment.


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