Suspended Roman Catholic Deacon Waives Right to Preliminary Hearing after Undercover Sting

By Peter Smith
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 16, 2018

He came from Cuba to the United States as a young refugee, sang leading roles at European opera houses, studied linguistics, taught mathematics at Catholic schools, gave vocal lessons and worked as a lawyer before becoming a Roman Catholic deacon and jail chaplain.

But on Monday, a man described by his lawyer as a “Renaissance man” sat at the defense table in a tiny Washington County courtroom — charged with five felonies related to alleged child pornography and unlawful contact with a minor.

Rosendo “Ross” F. Dacal, 73, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and faces a court date next month in Washington County Court of Common Pleas.









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