Man Admits Child Porn Stash

Times Union (Albany, NY)
May 2, 2002

Albany A guidance counselor at a Troy school and former Catholic priest pleaded guilty Wednesday to having a vast library of child pornography on his home computer.

William J. Heim, 60, of Delmar, accepted a deal of five years' probation for a single felony count of possessing child pornography.

Heim, a guidance counselor at School 14 in Troy, had a "library of floppy disks" that stored images of child pornography and child erotica, the bulk of which was downloaded from the Internet, said Assistant District Attorney Peter Torncello.

Heim, who was an associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary's in Albany from 1968 to 1972, was arrested in March in Rensselaer County, where he is facing felony charges for sexual contact with a child and a misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child.

Heim remains on paid leave from the Troy school district. An attorney for the district, James McCarthy, said he expects Heim to submit a letter of resignation if he is found guilty of the Rensselaer County charges.

Officials at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany said no complaints of sexual misconduct were filed against Heim when he worked for the church 30 years ago.

The terms of Heim's probation will include regular checks of his home computer to ensure he is not compiling a new collection of child pornography, Torncello said.


Any original material on these pages is copyright © 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.