February 08, 2006

Former priest gets 18 months in jail for abuse of student

Towson Times


A former priest and head chaplain of Calvert Hall College High School has been sentenced to five years in jail with all but 18 months suspended for abusing a student in the 1980s.

Addressing the court during a Feb. 7 sentencing hearing, Jerome Toohey offered an apology for years of sexual abuse against Michael Goles and Thomas Roberts, whom he had abused in weekly counseling sessions after their families sought guidance from the man known as "Father Jeff."

"Michael and Thomas, I want you to know I am very sorry for any pain I have inflicted upon you and caused you and your families," said Toohey, dressed in a dark suit. He will serve his time in the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 10 years incarceration.

Posted by kshaw at February 8, 2006 08:36 PM