Skip to comments.Ex-priest busted in kiddie sex sting
Posted on 03/23/2006 7:39:54 PM PST by CAWats
Equipped with gummy bears, lubricant and gay porn, a defrocked Pennsylvania priest was ready for sex with a boy but instead got busted by an undercover cop, police said.
Thomas Bender, 72, of Macungie, Pa., was arraigned yesterday in First District Court in Hempstead on five counts of first-degree disseminating indecent material to a minor and one count of attempting to commit a criminal sexual act.
Since September 2004, cops said, he engaged in online conversations with a detective who was posing as a teenager.
"During that year, he was grooming the boy - or who he thought was a 14-year-old boy," said Detective Sgt. Lucy Graziano of the Nassau County Police. "He was building a relationship through trust."
For a year, the conversations remained innocent, with Bender asking the boy about family, his hobbies and his favorite candy.
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Does it mention how long he's been an "ex" priest? Isn't he just a 72 year-old sick son of a bitch at some point?
Removed from the priesthood in the mid-80s, according to the article.
Apparently the RC church got one right, at least.
How SICK to read about a convicted former priest going after another boy...
He needs to be taken off the streets.
Notice that "Catholic priest" is prominent in the article though he was defrocked 20 years ago. 'Course the fact that he is a homosexual now is irrelevant.
There was one in my diocese of Nashville who also was booted in the 80s. He went to work - working with children - as an employee of the state. The diocese TOLD the state why they had gotten rid of him. The state kept him in his job where, naturally, he sexually abused young boys. And the young boys he abused while working for the state - after the Church had warned the state about him - who do you think they sued? Why, the Church, naturally. A lot like Willie Sutton's answer about why he robbed banks, "Because that's where the money is"
This is in Cyborg's neighborhood. I wonder if he was going to meet the kid at the Home Depot.
(Home Depots were major gay cruising areas when I lived in Miami).
LOL, what a shock that he was formerly a Catholic priest...
You and other readers may think I'm quibbling but there is no such thing as an "ex"- priest. One is a priest forever. A priest can be suspended, deposed from holy orders, and excommunicated. But he can never be ordained again. Because a valid, apostolic and canonically (the proper Form, Intention, etc.) rightful ordination confers indeliable character. Yes, he can be RESTORED to the ministry but NEVER ordained again. This has always been an inherent and permanent truth in the catholic theology of holy orders - it applies to all validly ordained deacons, priests, and consecrated bishops. This is commonly misunderstood but it's one of my pet peeves because I'm in orders. Thanks for your patience!
or Roosevelt Field, easily accessible by bus.
gay cruising at Miami home depots? where did they meet, the power tools area? forget it, I don't want to know....
What I don't understand is why the Catholic Church refuses to adopt a zero-tolerance policy against this sort of activity.
Back by the lumber?;)
I have nothing to do with this...and if you don't believe me, you can kiss my shiny metal a...
ARE YOU KIDDING?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
The church knew about the molestation in '84 and didn't say ANYTHING until 'early '88.
What I want to know is what happens when the priests are quietly removed from their posts, but not arrested. Stories like these are bound to continue because of that policy.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
I was merely stating what the article said.
I knew nothing else about this particular case.
For a more complete account, you can go here - http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=16357773&BRD=2626&PAG=461&dept_id=532624&rfi=6
This guy is a pure scum, but the Diocese of Allentown isn't much better. In accordance with their coverup policies, the Diocese of Allentown, upon learnig of the abuse, simply shuffled Father Bender off to another parish to hunt for new prey.
I knew the kid from the 1979-87 molestation. It ruined his life. The Diocese of Allentown KNEW about the molestation, which prompted his move in 1985, BUT NEVER TOLD THE PARENTS. Good job "Thomas our Bishop".
Sorry, I got the dates a little off. MY prior post has a link to a story with more deatils.
I honestly can't blame you if you don't want to fill you mind with such perversion.
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