Ex-Priest from Rome Denies Sex Charges

By Rocco LaDuca
December 15, 2005

UTICA- A Rome man and former priest defrocked for past sex-related allegations pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Oneida County Court to several sex charges involving two children.

James Tamburrino, 38, of Pilmore Drive, is accused of having a 15-year-old male pose sexually for a photograph in Rome in July. Tamburrino was charged after another teenager told police Tamburrino had approached him on the street asking to pose for pictures, prosecutor Assistant District Attorney Dawn Catera Lupi said.

An erotic photograph of a young child was found in a motel room also was linked to Tamburrino, Lupi said. Tamburrino is charged with using a child in a sexual performance, attempting to use a child in a sexual performance, possessing a sexual performance by a child and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Tamburrino is free on $20,000 bond and is due to appear Jan. 3 in front of Judge Michael L. Dwyer to either accept a plea offer or take his case to trial.

According to the Times Herald Record newspaper in Middletown, the Carmelite religious order said it defrocked Tamburrino after sex-related allegations were made against him in the Bronx.

The Carmelite order paid to settle a civil suit that accused Tamburrino and three other priests of paying a 16-year-old boy, who worked as a church secretary, for sex between 1996 and 1998.



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