Changes Made to Suspended Monk's Bail

By Staci Wilson
The Times-Tribune
May 7, 2011

MONTROSE - Additional bail restrictions were imposed Friday on a former monastery priest accused of sexually assaulting a boy on several occasions at a Susquehanna County retreat center.

New bail conditions for Phillip Albert Ferrara, 48, include a provision that he not reside in a home with a child under 15.

Mr. Ferrara is no longer living at the Our Lady of Solitude monastery, in Apolacon and Middletown townships. Court documents now list his residence as Saint Marys, Kan.

District Attorney Jason Legg said his office has received a number of telephone calls from individuals in Kansas, including members of the clergy, who expressed concern because Mr. Ferrara was staying in a home with children.

Mr. Legg said he was not present at Mr. Ferrara's arraignment when bail was set nor when arrangements were made for the ex-priest to waive his preliminary hearing in district court.

Mr. Ferrara is charged with misdemeanor counts of indecent assault and corruption of minors for incidents between November and January at the Susquehanna County monastery. He is free on unsecured bail.

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