Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Priest convicted of sexually abusing boy

Last updated March 26, 2009 3:48 p.m. PT
Texas jury convicts priest of sexually abusing boy
EASTLAND, Texas -- A former priest whose child sex abuse conviction was overturned on appeal in Texas has been found guilty of the same crime during his retrial.
Jurors took less than an hour Thursday to find the Rev. Thomas Teczar (TEK'-zahr) raped and molested an 11-year-old boy in the early 1990s. He faces up to life in prison.
The Fort Worth Catholic Diocese had assigned Teczar to work mostly unsupervised, despite his history of sexual misconduct in the Diocese of Worcester, Mass.
Now the Fort Worth diocese has asked the Vatican to defrock Teczar.
The diocese has paid about $6 million in civil settlements to six of Teczar's victims in Texas. Other victims in Massachusetts also have received settlements.

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