March 01, 2005

Catholic deacon going to prison on child porn charges


Mike Vogel
Idaho's NewsChannel 7

BOISE -- A local Catholic deacon will be going to federal prison Wednesday on child pornography charges.

Robert Howell is going to prison for 18 months for possession of child pornography.

Robert Howell plead guilty to the possession of child pornography charges back in November after being investigated by the FBI.

He was sentenced in January to serve 18 months in federal prison in Lompoc, Calif.

The local Catholic Diocese started its own investigation as soon as it learned the FBI was investigating.

Howell is a deacon in the Catholic Church, though he isn't currently practicing.

Posted by kshaw at March 1, 2005 09:00 PM