February 11, 2005

Prosecutors won't request jail time


By J. Harry Jones
February 11, 2005

The former pastor of a Point Loma Roman Catholic church pleaded guilty yesterday to 10 misdemeanor counts of possession of child pornography.

The Rev. Gary Holtey, 59, will be sentenced at a hearing scheduled for March 10 by Superior Court Commissioner Sandra L. Berry. Prosecutors said they will not ask that Holtey be sentenced to jail.

Holtey went on leave from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and Academy shortly after federal agents and San Diego police raided his parish office May 6. He has since been living at a rehabilitation center in Maryland at church expense, prosecutors said.

Holtey is one of more than 100 people in San Diego and Imperial counties linked to child-porn sites through credit-card transactions in an international investigation.

Agents searched his office and found printouts of child erotica and pornography, gay-porn videos, film negatives of nude males, two computers and WebTV, a device used for accessing the Internet on a television, according to court documents.

Posted by kshaw at February 11, 2005 08:05 AM