January 19, 2005

Probation revocation hearing set for priest

OHIO
The Catholic Telegraph

DAYTON DEANERY ó A probation revocation hearing for Thomas Kuhn, an archdiocesan priest on administrative leave, is scheduled for Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m. in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Katherine Huffman. The hearing date was set Jan. 13, following Kuhnís appearance in court to face charges that he violated conditions of his parole.

"This is another sad day for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati," said Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk. "I want there to be no doubt that I find Thomas Kuhnís actions that led to this day deeply disturbing. I fully expected him to meet all of the restrictions and requirements imposed upon him by the court, and I told him so. That he apparently has not done so is shocking and inexplicable."

Kuhn was sentenced in July 2004 to five years of supervised probation, 500 hours of community service and was ordered to pay the maximum fines of more than $10,000 on 11 misdemeanor charges of public indecency and providing alcohol to minors, after pleading "no contest" to the counts.

The former pastor was not to work for any organization that involves people younger than 21 years of age, attend Alcoholic Anonymous meetings daily and was prohibited from entering any establishment where alcohol is served.

Posted by kshaw at January 19, 2005 04:14 PM