February 06, 2006

Group warns church of priest's release

Desert Dispatch

Staff Writer

BARSTOW -- An advocacy group passed out leaflets Sunday in front of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, warning parishioners that convicted child molester and former priest at the church, Edward Anthony Rodrigue, was released from prison Jan. 26.

Known to most as "Father Tony," Rodrigue, 69, was a priest at St. Joseph's in the early 1970s. He served eight and a half years of his 10 year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a mentally disabled 11-year-old Highland boy in 1997, at an apartment complex where he worked as a janitor.

But that was not Rodrigue's first offense.

Posted by kshaw at February 6, 2006 01:10 PM