LAWRENCE | Priest arrested on Texas charges

Kansas City Star
September 4, 2010

A 51-year-old Catholic priest wanted in Texas on four counts of sexual abuse of a child was arrested Friday in Lawrence.

The U.S. Marshals Service tracked down John M. Fiala, 51, after receiving a tip on his whereabouts. Fiala was charged Tuesday in Edwards County, Texas, with the abuse, said Matt Cahill of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Fiala had earlier been named in a civil lawsuit for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy at gunpoint in Texas. He was staying with friends in Lawrence, Cahill said. Before that he had stayed in Omaha, Neb., where he had previously served as a priest.

Fiala served in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas in 2001 and 2002 and was spiritual director from 1998 to 2001 at a religious order that had a house in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Officials said there were no complaints against Fiala during his time in the Kansas City area.


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