Hudson Priest Sentenced for Child Porn

By Carol DeMare
Albany Times Union
June 9, 2008

ALBANY — A 51-year-old Roman Catholic priest from Columbia County was sentenced today to 48 months in federal prison for his guilty plea to possession of child pornography.

Raymond Ethier of Hudson, who was put on administrative leave by Bishop Howard Hubbard after his arrest in May 2007, was also ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release.

Appearing before U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy in federal court in Albany, Ethier was told to have no unsupervised contact with minors, to participate in a sex offender program and to register with the state Sex Offender Registry. Also, various computer equipment seized from Ethier will be forfeited to the government.

In pleading guilty last November, Ethier admitted he had computer videos and still images of minors engaged in sexual conduct on his home computer that he had downloaded from the Internet, authorities said.

At the time of his arrest Ethier was pastor of St. John Vianney in Philmont. He had also served at Our Lady of Victory Church in Troy. After being placed on leave, Ethier volunteered to attend a residential treatment program in Maryland.

State Police in Livingston along with agents with the federal Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated the case.


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