Priest Released on Bail in Embezzlement Case

My Fox Philadelphia
December 24, 2007

A priest wanted for allegedly taking $900,000 from a local high school has surrendered to police in Philadelphia.

Officials said Father Charles Newman was arraigned and posted bail Monday after he surrendered to the Philadelphia District Attorney's office.

Last Thursday, District Attorney Lynne Abraham said that Newman is facing six felony 3 counts and one felony 2 count.

Felonies of the second degree are punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison for each count, while felonies of the third degree are punishable by a maximum of 7 years in prison for each count.

The former president of Archbishop Ryan High School is accused of stealing nearly a million dollars in a case that involves a student and sex.

The district attorney's office portrayed an appalling case of sexual abuse and theft, by the former leader of the high school.

Abraham said Newman used the money he stole to buy drugs and alcohol for a student he had molested.

Newman is currently living in Wisconsin in what is described as a retirement home for priests.

The Archdiocese issued a statement Thursday afternoon calling the priest's actions a "betrayal of trust," and offered help to his victims. But church officials never actually apologized.


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