Former Priest Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing Kiddie Porn

Mid-Hudson News
June 9, 2008

ALBANY Former priest Raymond Ethier, 51, of Hudson, NY, who had served as a pastor at the St. John Vianney in Columbia County, was sentenced Monday in federal court to four years in federal prison on a charge that he possessed child pornography on his computer.

Following his release from prison, Ethier, who was employed at the time of the incidents, by the Albany Catholic Diocese, must serve 10 years of supervised release and must register with the New York State Sex Offender Registry Program.

Ethier pled guilty on November 13, 2007, admitting that he had videos and still images of minors engaged in sex acts.

Sentencing was conducted in Federal Court for the Northern District of New York at Albany.

Other provisions of his sentencing include that he is to have no unsupervised contact with minors and must participate in a sex offender program.


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