Arraignment Date Set for Priest Accused of Embezzlement

February 26, 2007

Louisa, Va. A Catholic priest accused of embezzling money from two Louisa County parishes will be arraigned in two weeks.

At a hearing today in Louisa, a judge set the arraignment date for March 12th for 50-year-old Rodney Rodis to enter a plea in the embezzlement case.

His attorney, John Maus, said today that Rodis is not legally married to the woman he lived with in Spotsylvania County.

Maus later declined to say whether Rodis is the father of the three children who lived with the couple. He said the woman and children moved out of the home last week.

Police say Rodis may have taken as much as one (m) million dollars in donations made to Saint Jude and Immaculate Conception Catholic churches in Louisa. He led the churches for 14 years before retiring in May.

Rodis and Joyce Sillador-Rodis, the woman living at the home, are identified as husband and wife on a 2005 deed of trust filed in Spotsylvania Circuit Court.

Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,


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