Ex-Priest Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
June 21, 2006

Panama City, Fla. -- A former Roman Catholic priest convicted of sending pornographic images to a Gulf County sheriff's investigator posing as a teenage boy has received the maximum prison sentence of ten years in prison.

A jury earlier this month convicted Thomas Crandall of two counts of transmitting via the Internet materials harmful to minors. Circuit Judge Judy Pittman handed down the sentence Tuesday.

In March 2005, Crandall native, sent pornographic pictures of men to Christopher Buchanan, a Gulf County Sheriff's Investigator.

Buchanan had posted on the Internet that he was a teenage boy. When he sent the messages, Crandall was living in Mobile, Alabama.

Crandall also faces additional prison time for violating the terms of his supervised release from a previous drug conviction.

He served more than four years in prison after being convicted of conspiring to possess for distribution methamphetamine.

Authorities said he was selling methamphetamine from the rectory of his last church in Milton.


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