July 09, 2005

Former local priest is defrocked

Poughkeepsie Journal

By Gary Stern
The Journal News

A former Poughkeepsie priest convicted of sodomizing a teenage boy more than a decade ago has been defrocked by the Vatican.

Daniel Calabrese and five other Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of New York have been defrocked for sexually abusing minors. They are the first accused priests in the region to have their fates decided since the scandal of 2002.

The former priest at St. Mary's Church in Poughkeepsie pleaded guilty to third-degree sodomy in 1992 and was removed from ministry. In recent years, he has been living in New Mexico.

Calabrese admitted having oral sex with the teenager after giving him vodka in the St. Mary's parish rectory on March 7, 1992.

Posted by kshaw at July 9, 2005 08:55 AM