Montgomery County Judge Tosses Priest's Conviction
Rev. John Broderick Had Faced Jail Time for Endangerment Charges

By Robert Gavin
Albany Times Union
April 8, 2009

FONDA -- The Rev. John Broderick is no longer convicted of anything.

This morning, Montgomery County Court Judge Felix J. Catena tossed Broderick's February conviction on a child endangerment charge. A jury had also acquitted Broderick of child molestation charges.

The 48-year-old priest was expected to be sentenced today and faced up to a year in jail. But his conviction was vacated this morning by Catena, who agreed with a request by Broderick's attorney to set aside the verdict.

The misdemeanor was the only charge the jury convicted him of at a February sex abuse trial.

Broderick, 48, had faced up to seven years in prison if convicted of molesting three Palatine boys -- now ages 12, 10 and 6 -- between late 2006 and early 2007.

He faced no more than one year in jail and could have been sentenced to probation.


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