New York Priest Charged with E-Mailing Porn

Associated Press, carried in Fox News
October 11, 2008,2933,436414,00.html

NEW YORK — A priest who serves as a youth minister at a Roman Catholic university is charged with e-mailing pornographic videos to a Colorado detective posing as a 14-year-old.

Authorities say the Rev. Charles Plock, a chaplain at St. John's University in Queens, shot the masturbation movies in the bathroom of his on-campus apartment. The priest's face is clearly visible, according to investigators.

As part of an online sting operation, police in Colorado's Adams County traced the e-mail to St. John's. In New York, the NYPD investigators armed with a search warrant seized Plock's computers along with the homemade footage.

He is charged with making two porn videos and sending them to someone he thought was a teenager.

"Father Charlie? No way! He was a pretty alright guy," freshman Kevin Winters told the Daily News.

The priest appeared in Queens Criminal Court for his arraignment Friday night.

Bystanders shouted comments at him as he left: "Shame on you!" and "Pedophile!"

Neither he nor his lawyer would answer questions outside court.

Plock was released on $150,000 bond on condition he check into St. John Vianney Center, a psychiatric facility for the clergy in Downington, Pa., according to the News.

The $15,000 cash to secure his immediate release was collected by fellow priests at St. John's.

The priest's next court hearing is set for Nov. 11.

An advocate for immigrants and others struggling to make a living, Plock is fluent in Spanish and worked in Panama for a decade and at St. John the Baptist Parish in Brooklyn before assuming ministry at St. John's.

A police spokesman could not immediately confirm details of the case.


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