Retired Priest Wanted for Having Child Pornography

By Pat Grossmith
Union Leader
June 4, 2004

Manchester -- A retired priest, jailed since March for soliciting sex from a teenage boy, will be heading back to Newbury, Mass., where he is wanted for possessing child pornography.

Yesterday in Manchester District Court, Frederick L. Guthrie, 68, of Newbury waived extradition to his hometown. Massachusetts has until Thursday to retrieve the retired Bay State priest.

On Nov. 6, 2001, Guthrie was arrested in Nashua for soliciting a 15-year-old boy for sex during Internet chat room talks.

He arranged to meet the boy that day at Hayward's Ice Cream. The teenager turned out to be a young-looking undercover police officer.

That same day, Newbury police seized two computers at Guthrie's home and charged him with possessing child pornography. That is the charge Guthrie will face when he returns to Newbury.

Guthrie told Judge John Emery yesterday that he already served more than two months in Valley Street jail.

On March 24, he was sentenced in Hillsborough County Superior Court, Southern District, to 90 days in jail for soliciting sex with the 15-year-old boy. Guthrie, a former priest at St. Ann Church in Gloucester, Mass., admitted to attempting to seduce the minor to have sex with him.

Guthrie told the judge that the charge in Massachusetts relates to one photograph on a computer that was e-mailed to him.

The judge cautioned Guthrie not to talk about the charge since the proceedings were being recorded and anything he said could be used against him.

Guthrie, however, told the judge that he was concerned about remaining in Valley Street jail for any length of time because of medical problems he is experiencing.

He explained that he had surgery to replace a heart valve and that he was hemorrhaging.


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