July 16, 2005

Judge: Priest convicted of misconduct didn't violate probation

Detroit Free Press

July 15, 2005, 3:30 PM

DETROIT (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexual misconduct didn't violate his probation by possessing two books that Florida authorities considered sexually explicit, a judge ruled Friday.

The Rev. Edward Olszewski, 72, is a former Detroit priest now living in Key Largo, Fla., and serving three years probation. He was convicted in December 2002 of molesting a Detroit youth in the 1970s.

Authorities arrested the Olszewski after probation officers doing a routine sweep found the books. But Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Diane Hathaway said the books weren't sexually explicit and didn't violate Olszewski's probation.

The terms of his probation state that he cannot own obscene or pornographic material. One of the books was a sex manual that had photographs of a man and a woman engaged in sex acts, said Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for the Wayne County sheriff's department.

Posted by kshaw at July 16, 2005 07:58 AM