Sides Fail to Agree in Priest's Case

Democrat & Chronicle
August 1, 2007

Gates — The prosecution and defense in the case against the Rev. John J. Steger could not come up with an out-of-court settlement, so a new hearing has been set for 6 p.m. Oct. 31. Both sides had four months to come up with an agreement. Steger, a priest at St. Jude the Apostle Church in Gates, faces four misdemeanor charges involving inappropriate touching of a 12-year-old girl.

He was arrested in May 2006 and pleaded not guilty. Steger has been a pastor at St. Jude on Lyell Road since 1968, but now is on administrative leave.


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