May 18, 2005

Rev. Hargadon, imprisoned for sex abuse, dies

The Courier-Journal

By Paula Burbaand Gregory A. Hall
The Courier-Journal

The Rev. James Hargadon, a Roman Catholic priest who was imprisoned at the Kentucky State Reformatory for sexually abusing three boys, died Monday. He was 77.

Hargadon died at Baptist Hospital Northeast in La Grange, said Lisa Lamb, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Corrections. He had been transferred from the prison to the hospital early Sunday morning, she said, and had a terminal illness that she declined to specify.

Today would have marked one year that Hargadon had served in the prison, Lamb said. He would have been eligible for parole in November, she said.

Hargadon was sentenced in Jefferson Circuit Court last June to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to sodomizing a 14-year-old boy in 1976 in the rectory of St. Polycarp Catholic Church in the Pleasure Ridge Park area, where he was pastor at the time.

Posted by kshaw at May 18, 2005 05:04 AM