Priest Sentenced for Possessing Kiddie Porn

By Jill Bryce
Daily Gazette
June 9, 2008

ALBANY — A former priest who served at a Troy parish was sentenced in federal court today to 48 months in prison for possession of child pornography.

Raymond Ethier, 51, of Hudson, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy and was also ordered to serve a 10-year term of supervised release. The judge also ruled that Ethier have no unsupervised contact with minors, participate in a sex offender program and register with the state Sex Offender Registry Program. His computer equipment was also turned over to the government.

Kenneth Goldfarb, a spokesman for the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese, said Ethier was formally defrocked today. Ethier was put on administrative leave after he was arrested on May 30, 2007, and was not allowed to perform or present himself as a priest, said Goldfarb.

"In the Catholic church, you are always a priest. Today, he was permanently removed from ministry by Bishop Howard J. Hubbard," Goldfarb said.

Goldfarb said the diocese had received no complaints about Ethier either before or after his arrest.


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