March 14, 2005

Priest In Court On Child Pornography Case


Chalonda Roberts (Rochester, NY) 03/14/05 -- There are new questions in the case of a Roman Catholic priest from Rochester charged with possessing child pornography.

During a court appearance on Monday, a judge ordered Father Michael Volino to stay at a monastery in Elmira. The judge said he based his decision on reports in 2002 from therapists at St. Luke's Institute, a counseling center in Maryland, that said Father Volino should not be around children.

Volino will reside at the monastery until next month when he's expected back in court.

The statement released a statement saying that back in 2002, the diocese asked Volino to undergo an assessment at St. Luke's for behavioral issues--not sex abuse. Volino agreed to undergo the assessment.

In the statement, the diocese admits to failing to adequately monitor the follow through of some of the recommendations. However, the diocese also said the report did not give any findings nor did the diocese interpret any indication that Volino would be a danger to anyone.

Posted by kshaw at March 14, 2005 05:48 PM