Punishment phase of trial continues for ex-priest convicted of trying to hire hit man to kill abuse accuser
Punishment phase of trial continues for ex-priest convicted of
trying to hire hit man to kill abuse accuser
Ex-priest John Fiala will soon learn whether he’ll be sentenced to life in prison or something less for trying to hire a hit man to kill a teenage boy who accused him of sexual assault.
The Dallas County jury that convicted Fiala yesterday is hearing testimony this morning in the punishment phase of the trial. Among those expected to testify is the abuse accuser, who is now 20.
The man is not being named because The Dallas Morning News generally does not identify possible victims of sex crimes. He also testified on Wednesday.
The 53-year-old former Roman Catholic priest faces separate charges he sexually assaulted the boy in West Texas several years ago, including at gunpoint. The purported hit man he tried to hire to kill the boy in a 2010 meeting in Dallas was actually an undercover Texas Department of Public Safety agent.
After Fiala’s arrest, authorities found photos of young men, and possibly boys, on his computer. Some of them were wearing only underwear and exposing themselves.
Fiala also apparently used a Facebook account under the name “Ziggy the Great,” collected toys and had a Sponge Bob Square Pants calendar, according to testimony.
Posted on May 18, 2012, in Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Pedophile, Pedophile Priests, Perverted Priests, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged Bishop Edward Cullen, Bishop John B McCormack, Bishop Joseph Cistone, Bishop Robert Finn, Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Cardinal Law, Cardinal Ratzinger, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, child, child abuse, child molestation, child molesters, child rape, child rapists, child sex, child sex abuse, child sexual abuse, children, crimes against children, fiala, pedophile, pedophile priests, pedophille, pedophilles, pedopile priests, pope, pope benedict, pope benedict XVI, priest john fiala, priest pedophile, priest pedophilles, priest rape, rape, rapist priest john fiala, rapists, roman catholic church, roman catholic church sex scandal, roman catholic clergy, roman catholics, sexual assault of a child, sexual battery of a child, victims of rape. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.