February 23, 2005

Imprisoned priest waives parole hearing

Casper Star-Tribune

Star-Tribune staff writer Wednesday, February 23, 2005

A Catholic priest who was sentenced to prison last year for molesting a teenage boy about 20 years ago waived a parole hearing scheduled for Tuesday, according to the Department of Corrections and the Parole Board.

Anthony Jablonowski, who served churches in Guernsey and Lander between 1980 and 1991, pleaded no contest to taking indecent liberties with a 17-year-old boy and was sentenced in April to between 15 months and seven years in prison.

The Parole Board, an agency independent of the Department of Corrections, set up the hearing for Jablonowski, who was automatically entitled to it, said spokeswoman Melinda Brazzale.

However, he declined to participate, according to Brazzale and an e-mail from Patrick Anderson of the Parole Board.

Jablonowski will be eligible for another parole hearing a year from now, Brazzale said.

Parole hearings are closed and confidential, and the only members of the public allowed to attend are those who are registered victims, she said.

The victim was elated to hear that Jablonowski waived his parole hearing. said Judy Jones, who represents the victim and heads the Steubenville, Ohio, chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

Posted by kshaw at February 23, 2005 06:54 AM