February 23, 2005

Former priest doesn't attend parole hearing

The Marietta Times

By Justin McIntosh, jmcintosh@mariettatimes.com

The former Churchtown priest convicted of sexual acts with a 17-year-old boy will remain in jail for at least another year after declining a parole hearing Tuesday in Wyoming.

In April, Anthony Jablonowski, the former pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Churchtown, was convicted of indecent liberties with a minor while he was in Wyoming 20 years ago. The allegations came to light in 2002.

On Tuesday, Jablonowski was up for his first parole hearing, which came just 10 months after being sentenced to a 15-month to seven-year sentence. Jablonowski accepted the sentence after agreeing to plead no contest to the charges.

Patrick Anderson, executive director of the Wyoming Board of Parole, said Jablonowski declined to go to his hearing and will not be up for parole again for about another year. He continues to serve time at the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton, Wyo., a minimum security facility with a treatment program for sexual offenders.

Posted by kshaw at February 23, 2005 07:42 AM