Convicted Priest Arrested for Violating Parole

KWWL [Iowa]
September 21, 2006

Davenport, Iowa A Davenport-area priest convicted of having child pornography on a church-owned laptop computer faces more legal trouble.

The Reverend Richard Poster has been arrested for violating his parole by having contact with children.

Poster pleaded guilty in 2003 and served one year in federal prison. He was hired by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport to work as a janitor after he was released. The diocese asked Poster to leave in 2005, but declined to say why he was asked to leave.

Federal prosecutors say Poster is accused of having contact with children at a bookstore in Davenport, on an area bike path and in Buffalo, where he lived with his parents.

Authorities didn't say if Poster had sexual contact with any of the children. Court records in the case are sealed.

The diocese sent a request to the Vatican in 2004 to defrock Poster, but no decision has been made.


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