Priest Passes up Hearing

By Andy Nelesen
Green Bay Press-Gazette
August 17, 2004

A 63-year-old Franciscan priest waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Monday.

Rudolph Stefan Nocinski was arrested in June and faces one felony count of possession of child pornography after a computer technician found pornographic images on Nocinski's computer while it was in for repair. A search of Nocinski's computer and his home in the religious order's Pulaski friary found more than 2,500 pornographic images involving children between the ages of 10 and 17, 33 VHS tapes and DVDs and e-mail messages in which Nocinski asked others for images of young boys.

If convicted, Nocinski faces 3 1/2 years in prison. He is free on a signature bond. He is due back in court Aug. 30. Church officials said Nocinski has not recently been involved in public ministry.



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