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Priest’s anger with God caused him to download child porn

Priest’s anger with God caused him to download child porn

Kevin Gugliotta, above, a former Catholic priest in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, reportedly told authorities that he downloaded porn to get revenge on God, whom he blamed for his gambling losses.

Gugliotta, 55, of Mahwah, New Jersey, was arrested in September 2016 after a month-long investigation.

He was eventually charged with 20 counts of child porn and 20 counts of disseminating images of children involved in sexual acts. He pleaded guilty to one count of dissemination in return for the 39 other counts being dismissed.

Gugliotta, who was removed from his parish by the Archdiocese of Newark after the charges were filed, was sentenced to eleven-and-half to twenty-three-and-a-half months in jail on Thursday, with credit for 10 months in prison already served as he awaited trial.

Gugliotta did not speak to reporters after Thursday’s sentencing, but pre-trial records indicate that he told authorities he downloaded the child pornography because of poker. Specifically, Gugliotta, who told probation officers he is a poker player, felt that God was attacking him when he lost games and tournaments.

By downloading the pornography, Gugliotta told officers, he felt he was getting revenge on God.

A fellow priest and friend said:

That was a surprising thing in the court, for sure. People do things under stress they wouldn’t normally do.

Gugliotta apologised in court for his actions, and agreed to a deal that will require him to be on probation for five years and register as a sex offender for 25. As part of his probation he will not be allowed to gamble and police will be able to search his electronic devices at any time.

Last year, after Gugliotta was arrested, we reported that the Vatican was informed around 2003 that Gugliotta was alleged to have molested a 16-year-old boy.

But the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then headed by soon-to-be-Pope Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, decided that he could continue working because the assault took place before he was ordained as a priest.

Prior to his ordination he was a private-sector engineer and Boy Scout leader.

When he became a priest he served for years in various parishes, including a long stint as chaplain to a youth group.

When the allegation first surfaced, Gugliotta was suspended from his ministry in New Jersey and his case was referred to the Vatican for guidance, but he was then brought back into service.

A spokesman for the Newark archdiocese said the Vatican had ruled that Church law, known as canon law, prevented Gugliotta from being punished for something he might have done as a layman. In 2004, he was quietly reinstated.

10 responses to “Priest’s anger with God caused him to download child porn”

  1. L.Long says:

    Why would this idiot or any one he talks to think his ahole gawd would be angry with kiddy porn?? Haven’t they read the book o’BS fairy tales? He loved giving girl kids away as sex slaves!!

  2. polomint38 says:

    Yes I robbed that bank at gunpoint, but earlier that day my mum had a pop about me not cleaning my room, I’m 46 years of age, leave me alone.

  3. Broga says:

    Gugliotta has as much belief in God as I do. Like so many priests.

  4. Broga says:

    Barry: Of topic but worth it. Best of luck with your coming nuptials and congratulations to you and your partner. I wish you both much happiness.

  5. StephenJP says:

    Lessons from this sordid story:

    1. Some people will go to any lengths to avoid taking responsibility for their own actions.

    2. The RCC will go to any lengths to avoid taking responsibility for the actions of its own servants.

  6. 1859 says:

    ‘It wasn’t my fault, your honour, it was me genes wot made me do it!’
    ‘It wasn’t my fault, your grace, it was the devil wot made me do it!’
    ‘It wasn’t my fault, your holiness, it was god wot made me do it!’
    ‘It wasn’t my fault, officer, it was her sexy clothes wot made me do it!’

    ‘An admirable evasion of whoremaster man to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star.’ WS 1602.

  7. lucy1 says:

    @1859 fantastic quote. Thank you

  8. barriejohn says:

    @lucy1: Agreed, but surely the whole speech warrants quoting. I don’t normally like the modern versions, but this one reads particularly well (in my untutored opinion!):

    http://nfs.sparknotes.com/lear/page_36.html