May 05, 2006

Ex-Priest Involved In Sex Abuse Case Accused Of Animal Cruelty


PATERSON, N.J. -- A former Roman Catholic priest who is at the center of a highly publicized sexual abuse case was charged with animal cruelty Thursday after a kitten was found alone in his car with an empty bag of cat foot and without water.

The temperature inside James Hanley's vehicle was approaching 100 degrees, according to an animal control officer.

More than two-dozen men who said they were abused in the past by Hanley sued the Paterson Roman Catholic Diocese and agreed to a $5 million settlement last year. They claimed that church officials failed to take action to protect the youths.

Posted by kshaw at May 5, 2006 08:56 AM