Priest Sentenced for Embezzling from Churches
Rodney Adams Says He's Dealing with Depression, Spending Addiction

December 16, 2008

OMAHA, Neb. — An Omaha priest who stole more than $83,000 from an Omaha parish has received probation.

Judge Russell Bowie sentenced Rodney Adams to three to five years of probation. Adams must also pay $23,000 in restitution over the next five years. The defense has established a restitution account at Wells Fargo bank for anyone who wants to help Adams pay back the church. He also must complete 500 hours of community service.

Adams told the court that he spent the last six months in therapy for manic depression and a spending addiction.

He has been on administrative leave since resigning as pastor of St. Bridget and St. Rose parishes in May.

The archdiocese chancellor, the Rev. Joseph Taphorn, said Adams will get a new assignment by the end of the year, one that does not involve handling any money.

Adams had taken the money only from St. Bridget.


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