May 25, 2005

Priest pleads guilty to child porn charge

Democrat & Chronicle

Gary Craig
Staff writer

(May 25, 2005) A Catholic priest today pleaded guilty to the possession of child pornography found on his computer at the Diocese of Rochester.

The Rev. Michael Volino, 41, admitted that in October he possessed child pornography on the computer.

The child pornography was discovered by a technology specialist at the Diocese of Rochester who was repairing Volino's computer, according to the FBI. Officials at the diocese then contacted authorities.

Volino had been a priest at St. John the Evangelist Church of Greece, 2400 W. Ridge Road, since 2002.

Volino will remain confined to an area home until he is sentenced in September. The maximum sentence for the crime is 10 years but federal prosecutors say that federal sentencing guidelines establish a sentence between 46 and 57 months. Volino's lawyer, John Parrinello, plans to argue that the guidelines instead suggest a sentence between 15 and 21 months.

Posted by kshaw at May 25, 2005 05:11 PM