February 26, 2005

Ex-priest questioned in prison break faced local allegations

Muncie Star Press


MUNCIE - A former Muncie priest who had been accused of child sexual abuse in Indiana was detained and questioned this week by police in Haiti amid allegations his residence was used to plan a massive prison break there.

Ron Voss, who left the priesthood in 1993, was questioned for more than five hours Wednesday in the Feb. 19 prison break at Haiti's largest prison in which nearly 500 inmates escaped and one guard was killed.

Police also seized Voss's passport during the raid on Visitation House, a stopover residence Voss runs for missionary teams visiting Haiti.

Twelve officers wielding machine guns entered the house to search for escaped prisoners, weapons and evidence linking it to the prison break plot, said Bill Quigley, an Indianapolis native helping set up a clinic in Haiti.

"They were coming into what they thought was an armed camp. It was a sight that I hope few people ever have a chance to see," said Quigley, a law school professor at Loyola University in New Orleans.

The Muncie Evening Press first reported in October 1994 allegations that Voss had molested adolescent boys in connection with activities at the Center for Peace and Life Studies, a retreat in northern Delaware County.

Posted by kshaw at February 26, 2005 01:44 AM