Priest Heads to Prison after Violating Parole

Associated Press, carried in Gazette
October 4, 2006

Davenport, IA - A former Davenport-area priest has been sentenced to two months in prison for violating his probation after being released from prison on child pornography charges.

Richard Poster, 41, will also serve 120 days at a halfway house once he is released. He also was ordered to finish 31 months of treatment while being monitored with a locator device.

"I believe he has played games and stretched the rules as far as he can," Chief Judge Ronald E. Longstaff said in U.S. District Court in Davenport.

In 2004, Poster was sentenced to a year in federal prison on a charge of possessing child pornography. He was released in January 2005, and was required to take polygraph tests every six months as part of his supervised release.

Erica Donohoo, a federal probation officer, testified Tuesday that there were at least three tests where Poster gave deceptive answers.

She said Poster first violated his probation in June 2005, followed by other violations including having sex with a 40-year-old man in a vehicle in a public place.

Richard Bucklin, a sex-offender specialist with the probation office, said Poster takes a "catch-me-if-you-can" approach, waiting to see whether his deceptions are caught by the polygraph.

Longstaff expressed regret over not giving Poster a longer prison sentence in 2004.

"I'm extremely disappointed, Mr. Poster," the judge said.


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