Priest's Court Date Is Aug. 23

Democrat & Chronicle
July 13, 2006

Gates — The case of Gates priest Father John Steger has been moved to Aug. 23 in Town Court.

Steger, 80, head of St. Jude the Apostle Church in Gates was arrested in May and charged with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all four counts being misdemeanors. His lawyer, John Speranza, asked Gates Town Court Judge Peter Pupatelli on Wednesday to make the Gates Police Department give him the raw notes of the statement from the alleged victim.

"Sometimes the note changes by the time it gets to the police report," said Speranza.


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