February 11, 2005

Court says priest violated terms of probation

Beacon Journal

Associated Press

DAYTON, Ohio - A Roman Catholic priest who was convicted last year of public indecency and selling alcohol to minors violated his probation and must serve 30 days in jail, a judge ruled Thursday.

The Rev. Thomas Kuhn, 63, of Cincinnati, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges in June and later was sentenced to five years' probation. Among the terms imposed by Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Katherine Huffman, Kuhn was barred from offering his services to any agency that serves people under age 21.

He violated those terms when he went to Elder High School in Cincinnati on Sept. 27 to offer counseling after a student had been shot to death, Huffman ruled.

Kuhn testified that he offered his services to the principal at Elder but insisted he did not want to be involved with the students.

"I don't know why you don't believe me, and I'm sorry that this happened," Kuhn said.

Posted by kshaw at February 11, 2005 08:10 AM