Talk of Plea Deal for Priest Charged in Child Porn Case

By Gary Craig
Democrat and Chronicle [Rochester NY]
April 12, 2005

A lawyer for the Rev. Michael Volino and federal prosecutors are discussing a possible plea agreement to charges that Volino possessed child pornography.

A federal magistrate judge today agreed to postpone a hearing for Volino, a Catholic priest, while plea negotiations continue. Plea negotiations are common in federal court cases.

Volino was originally ordered to stay at an Elmira-area monastery while he awaited trial, but he is instead living with an area family. The monastery did not have telephones, which are necessary for the electronic monitoring system Volino is currently on.