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Connecticut priest avoids jail term for $1 million theft

April 28, 2011

A Connecticut priest who allegedly stole more than $1 million from his parish has been sentenced to 3 years of probation.

Father Kevin Gray escaped a jail sentence when he entered a plea of no-contest to the charges. Thus he did not admit his guilt, but neither did he deny the accuracy of the charges against him.

Prosecutors said that Gray had used the parish funds to pay for male escorts, designer clothes, and trips to gay bars. The Hartford diocese has not demanded return of the parish funds.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Apr. 30, 2011 10:31 PM ET USA

    I would be very angry if I were one of those parishioners. This bishop takes the theft of the faithful's hard-earned money very lightly. I guy doesn't even get jail time!

  • Posted by: cpatrick_vb8732 - Apr. 28, 2011 9:52 PM ET USA

    The Bishop erred in not prosecuting this man. He belongs in the penitentiary ; not probation!

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Apr. 28, 2011 8:12 PM ET USA

    Whatever happened to the concept of priestly poverty? If this were promoted at the seminary level as it used to be, the Fr. Grays of the world would have moved on along.

  • Posted by: stpetric - Apr. 28, 2011 6:14 PM ET USA

    So he gets a million dollars worth of male escorts, designer clothes, and trips to gay bars; doesn't plead guilty; isn't pressed to repay the money; and gets no jail time. Pretty sweet deal.