Jury Convicts Ex-Priest of Photographing Naked Teens

Newsday [Utica NY]
March 30, 2006

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A defrocked priest was found guilty Thursday of taking nude photos of underage boys.

An Oneida County Court jury found James Tamburrino, 38, of Rome, guilty of charges including the use of 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 was accused of taking naked pictures of a 15-year-old boy in July and then approaching another 15-year-old boy to arrange a meeting to take erotic pictures of him, as well.

Defense attorney Pal Lengyel-Leahu had argued that Tamburrino believed one of the boys was older than 17 when he took naked photographs of the 15-year-old in a Rome motel last summer. Lengyel-Leahu said Tamburrino arranged to meet the second boy only after police made the teen call Tamburrino.

"The defense of entrapment, that's what this case is about," Lengyel-Leahu said.

Judge Michael Dwyer scheduled sentencing for June 6. Tamburrino was taken into custody to await sentencing. He had been free on $20,000 bond.

Tamburrino was defrocked from the Carmelite religious order in 2001 after sex-related allegations were made against him in the Bronx.


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