May 17, 2005

Sexual Abuse Victim Arrested For Possessing Child Pornography


Jane Flasch (Rochester, NY) 05/16/05 -- A man who was sexually abused by a Rochester priest as a teenager has recently been arrested and accused of possessing child pornography. There are also indications that the case may be tied to the arrest of another Rochester priest, who faces similar charges.

When Monroe County Sheriff's deputies arrested [redacted] on March 3, he was carrying a blue bag filled with floppy discs that contained images of child pornography. Police sources confirm that one picture depicted the children engaged in sex acts who appear to be 10 or 11 years old.

[redacted] has pleaded not guilty and when reached at his house in Greece, said he had no comment.

In 1997, he accused a Rochester Roman Catholic priest of sexually molesting him in the rectory of Our Lady Of Mercy. The Rev. William Lum later admitted to the crime and pleaded guilty.

Sources close to the investigation say [redacted] admitted to possessing the pornography. He also claims to have kept tabs on Lum and mentioned another priest the Rev. Michael Volino.

Posted by kshaw at May 17, 2005 07:30 AM