Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Catholic priest convicted of abusing Md. altar boy


Last updated July 13, 2009 2:45 p.m. PT

Catholic priest convicted of abusing Md. altar boy

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- A Roman Catholic priest has been convicted of sexually abusing an altar boy at a Germantown church more than seven years ago.

The Rev. Aaron Cote (koh-TAY') is expected to be sentenced Oct. 14 to 10 years of probation. The former part-time youth minister at Mother Seton parish also must register as a sex offender under a plea agreement announced Monday.

Cote was convicted of a third-degree sex offense. He pleaded not guilty and was convicted by a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge, who heard a recitation of undisputed facts.

The 57-year-old priest, who now lives in New York City, reached a $1.2 million settlement two years ago with the victim. The former altar boy claimed Cote had repeatedly molested him from June 2001 until June 2002.

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