Monday, May 10, 2010

Priest Faces Charges Of Molestation And Kidnapping

Missouri: A Cooper County grand jury has returned an indictment against a former Catholic priest alleging three counts of forcible sodomy, three counts of attempted forcible sodomy and two counts of kidnapping against three minors in the mid- to late 1980s.

Gerald Howard was arrested yesterday in his Bloomfield, N.J., apartment on a warrant from Missouri.

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Howard, formerly known as 'Carmine Sita', once served as a priest in New Jersey. After accusations of sexual molestation, he completed a treatment program specifically for priests with sexual abuse issues.

If convicted on all counts, Howard could face multiple life sentences on the sodomy charges, plus additional sentences of up to 15 years in prison on each of the kidnapping charges.