March 04, 2006

Priest caught in Colombia ordered to stand trial in sex case

The Detroit News

Associated Press /

BAY CITY, Mich.-- A judge has ruled there is sufficient evidence to try a recently captured Catholic priest accused of having sexual conduct with three boys.

John Steven Rabideau, 44, has been charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

He was initially charged with six counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Prosecutors later added four more counts, based on the testimony of the victims, who were between the ages of 6 and 14 when the alleged incidents occurred in Bay County's Williams Township in the mid-1980s.

Each second-degree charge has a maximum penalty of 15 years.

Posted by kshaw at March 4, 2006 07:37 AM