March 30, 2006

Ex-priest awaits verdict in sex case


Thursday, Mar 30, 2006

Rocco LaDuca

UTICA An Oneida County Court jury could decide today if a defrocked priest is guilty of approaching two 15-year-old boys to pose for sexual photographs in Rome.

The jury began deliberating late Wednesday afternoon following two days of trial testimony in which one boy described posing for pictures that James Tamburrino took, while the other recalled the encounters that led police to Tamburrino.

In their closing arguments Wednesday, attorneys for both sides left the jury with two different pictures of Tamburrino's actions involving the two boys in July.

Tamburrino, 38, of Pilmore Drive, is charged with using a child in a sexual performance, attempting to use a child in a sexual performance, possessing a sexual performance by a child and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Posted by kshaw at March 30, 2006 08:30 AM