Ex-Monk Pleads to Reduced Charge

San Antonio Express
October 20, 2008

JOHNSON CITY — Only one of five former Christ of the Hills Monastery monks accused in 2006 of sexually abusing novices there in the 1990s remains to be prosecuted after Hugh B. Fallon pleaded guilty Friday to a reduced charge of attempted aggravated assault.

Prosecutor Cheryl Nelson said Tuesday the deferred adjudication plea bargain calling for Fallon to pay a $5,000 fine, undergo a psychological evaluation and serve five years probation was fitting because his offense involved an isolated incident of consensual sex, and the complainant couldn't testify.

Fallon, 42, aka Father Tihkon, was initially charged with sexual assault of a child for an incident in June 1995.His attorney, Jack Furlong, described Fallon as "cognitively challenged" and said his client's life was "torn apart" when he became "caught up in the cult" of monastery founder Sam A. Greene Jr., who killed himself last year while awaiting trial.

Jonathan Hitt, aka Father Jeremiah, is the lone remaining defendant from the 105-acre monastery outside Blanco that closed after a police raid in June 2006 and is now the target of a forfeiture suit by the state.


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