Priest Sentenced in Child Porn Case

By Marisa Schultz
The Detroit News [Utica MI]
September 22, 2003

UTICA -- The Rev. Timothy Szott, former pastor at one of Metro Detroit's largest Catholic churches, was sentenced to 18 months probation after he pleaded no contest to possession of child pornography.

Police found hundreds of images of child nudity, sexual acts and child fondling on Szott's personal computer, said William Harding, chief of operations at the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office.

The former pastor at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Utica was charged in June with possession of child sexual abuse material, a one-year misdemeanor.

The Archdiocese of Detroit removed Szott, 56, as pastor in February. A church volunteer tipped off authorities after he found pornographic material involving children on a church computer.

Visiting 41-A District Judge Herman Campbell sentenced Szott to 18 months probation and fined him $100.

Szott remains on an administrative leave of absence. The archdiocese now will begin its investigation.

"He would not be coming back as pastor," said Ned McGrath, spokesman for the archdiocese.

Szott was the 17th priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit to be removed from a parish since March 2002 amid investigations into sex-related crimes.

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