January 18, 2006

Molester due for prison release

The Press-Enterprise

By MICHAEL FISHER / The Press-Enterprise

A former Inland priest accused in lawsuits of molesting at least 19 altar boys is due to be released from prison next week to a downtown San Bernardino halfway house, a relative and authorities said.

Edward Anthony Rodrigue, a twice-convicted child molester who once told police he abused dozens of boys during his 20 years as a Catholic priest, is scheduled to live in a group home in a decaying residential neighborhood along Interstate 215.

The former priest has no plans but is excited about his scheduled Jan. 25 release from a state prison near Corcoran, said his brother, Tom Rodrigue.

"I still have a lot of concerns about his release because he is a pedophile, and he'll be a pedophile until he dies," said Tom Rodrigue, who visits his brother monthly in prison. "There is no cure for it, and I just hope that he basically stays in a halfway house with other adults and he is never around kids."

Posted by kshaw at January 18, 2006 07:31 AM