Priest Gets Jail Time for Indecent Assault

October 20, 2011,0,4192000.story

A priest in the Eastern Catholic church was ordered to prison for at least six months for having sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy.

Father Phillip Ferrara of Little Meadown pleaded no contest to one count of indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old.

Police said the charges stemmed from Ferrara's relationship with a boy who was staying at a retreat in Susquehanna County near the Bradford County line. Investigators said the boy and his family were at Our Lady of Solitude Retreat to overcome personal problems when the inappropriate contact happened.

Ferrara was sentenced to six months to 24 months in state prison.


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