March 31, 2006

Former priest found guilty of sex charges


Friday, Mar 31, 2006

Rocco LaDuca

UTICA After a defrocked priest was found guilty Thursday of approaching two young teens to pose for naked pictures in Rome last summer, prosecutors emphasized how harmful child pornography can be.

James Tamburrino argued during his trial this week that he never realized how young one of the 15-year-old boys was when he took sexually explicit pictures of him, and that he only arranged to meet the other boy after police made him call Tamburrino.

After considering Tamburrino's defense of entrapment, an Oneida County Court jury felt otherwise and found Tamburrino guilty of 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 31, 2006 08:41 AM