Former Priest to Go on Trial This Month

KVOA [Phoenix AZ]
September 13, 2006

Phoenix Jury selection in the trial of former priest Joseph Briceno will start on the 25th of this month.

Briceno was one of seven priests indicted in Maricopa County in 2003 on sex abuse charges. He was captured in Mexico in December and has been jailed since.

Briceno faces one count of sexual abuse, six counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor.

His attorney and the state had tried to reach a plea agreement, but were unable to do so.

Briceno's attorney, Karla Momberger, says the state first wanted Briceno to plea guilty to two felony counts and go to prison.

She says that was unreasonable and offered pleading guilty to two felonies. Under her deal, Briceno could have one of the charges changed to a misdemeanor if he successfully completed probation.


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