March 12, 2006

Ex-priest involved in notorioius sex abuse case arrested at hotel


March 12, 2006, 6:29 PM EST

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) _ James T. Hanley, a former Roman Catholic priest at the center of a highly publicized sexual abuse case, faces criminal charges for allegedly slamming a baseball bat on a hotel manager's front desk.

Hanley, 69, was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose over accusations that he was violent toward a desk manager at the Extended StayAmerica Secaucus-Meadowlands hotel on Friday.

Hanley was arrested by officers, but claimed he suffered a leg injury during the apprehension. Although he is to appear back in court, Hanley was released because he needed medical treatment for the leg injury, said police Sgt. Dominick De Gennaro.

Hanley said he was using the baseball bat as a cane, and that he hit the desk after a manager refused to give him his room key until he paid his bill.

But the desk clerk had a different version of events.

Osei Karikari, 23, said that Hanley told him he was handsome, offered him gifts, hugged him and kissed his cheek.

Posted by kshaw at March 12, 2006 07:40 PM