Priest Convicted of Viewing Child Porn Will Go to Prison
Judge Says Clergyman Had 'More Than Idle Curiosity'

By Greg Livadas
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
December 14, 2005

(December 14, 2005) — Father Michael Volino was sentenced today to 15 months in federal prison and 10 years supervised release, in connection with child pornography charges.

U.S. District Judge David Larimer also prohibited the Catholic priest from ministering to children or working with school programs.

"I think Father Volino had more than an idle curiosity. It was extreme," Larimer said.

Defense lawyer John Parrinello had asked for a sentence which did not include jail time. He argued that there had never been an allegation of molestation or inappropriate physical contact.

He also had asked that community service be allowed for the priest.

"We have a very dedicated, faithful treasure, in terms of the Catholic Church," Parrinello said.

Some of several dozen supporters -- parents, siblings, priests and friends -- wept at the sentencing.

A statement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester said Volino will remain on adminsitrative leave "and cannot engage in any public minsitry."

Bishop Matthew H. Clark plans to review the case and, pending the outcome of his review, may forward the information to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, which could enforce a range of actions, including dismissal from the clerical state.

Father Volino was given 60 days to turn himself in; he was given permission to spend the holidays at his family's home in Elmira.


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