Child Molester Can Feed Cats

Capital Times
October 14, 1993

A prosecutor plans to fight a Circuit Court ruling that allows a convicted child molester out of jail to feed his pet cats.

Phillip Keyes, 66, a former Roman Catholic priest, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a boy and was sentenced to one year in jail.

Judge John Lussow granted jail-release privileges, however, so that Keyes can care for his home and three cats.

Nancy Welch, assistant Rock County district attorney, said she will challenge the privileges.

Under plea bargaining, Keyes withdrew a no contest plea during a hearing Monday and pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual assault of a child.

Lussow ordered Keyes to participate in therapy, avoid unsupervised contact with minors and pay for any counseling the victim needs.

The boy's mother said her son, now 11, has not been counseled because the family can't afford it.

The boy said Keyes had oral sex with him on several occasions at Keyes' home.

Keyes was head of St. Pius V Church, an independent church in Mukwonago that is not sanctioned by the Milwaukee Archdiocese, the court was told.


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