Dallas-Area Priest Pleads No Contest to Assault

Houston Chronicle
March 30, 2011

ROWLETT, Texas A Dallas-area priest has been put on probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault over the inappropriate touching of a 14-year-old girl.

The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday that the Rev. Bob Crisp had been a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rowlett for a decade. The 62-year-old priest was put on leave last April.

Crisp pleaded no contest Tuesday in Rowlett Municipal Court and received six months of deferred adjudication, plus was fined $650 over the summer 2009 incident. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

Investigators say Crisp slipped off his shoe and rubbed his bare foot on the girl's leg, while complimenting her pedicure and her footwear, in an incident near the church.

A diocese spokeswoman says there are no plans to reassign Crisp.

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