November 24, 2005

Group says convicted priest lives too close to day care


By Robert Patrick

An advocacy group for victims of priest sex abuse is calling for a criminal investigation into whether the Rev. Thomas Graham, convicted in August of sodomy, broke the law by living too close to a Shrewsbury day-care center.

Graham's lawyer says his client did not break the law and was complying with the conditions of his bond, which ordered him to stay at Regina Cleri, a home for retired priests on South Laclede Station Road.

On Aug. 31, a St. Louis jury found Graham guilty of sodomizing a young boy in the rectory of the Old Cathedral sometime in the late 1970s.

Under Missouri law, a person convicted of certain sexual offenses, including statutory or forcible rape, statutory or forcible sodomy and child molestation, is forbidden from living within 1,000 feet of a school or child care facility.

Posted by kshaw at November 24, 2005 11:08 AM