March 15, 2005

Priest arrested for downloading child porn volunteered with local Boy Scout troop


NEWS 10NBC has learned new information about a local priest who admits to downloading child pornography on his church computer. Father Michael Volino is currently under house arrest. He's accused of receiving and possessing child porn from May of 2004 until his computer was seized in January. On Tuesday NEWS 10NBC learned that Volino spent time with a local Boy Scout troop and that he got a warning from the local diocese.

There are no allegations that Father Volino ever sexually assaulted a child and the leader of the local boy scout council tells NEWS 10NBC that while Father Volino did have close contact with a Boy Scout Troop, there have been no complaints that he did anything wrong. “We try to be very proactive in making sure youngsters are safe,” said Larry Pritchard, Monroe County Boy Scout Troops Executive Scout.

Pritchard was told about Father Volino's connection to the Boy Scouts the day Volino was arrested. “We did some homework and he's never been a registered leader with us, but apparently he was involved with a Scout Troop as a participant for some time.”

Posted by kshaw at March 15, 2005 08:41 PM