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Canadian man sentenced for extorting $90,000 from priest

Catholic World News - August 23, 2011

An Ontario man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for extorting $90,000 from a local priest. Robert Sammut, 46, had told the priest, whose name has been sealed by court order, that he would lodge a false accusation of abuse if the priest did not pay.

“In order to compel the priest's generosity, he threatened the priest to come forward with false charges,” said Judge Joseph Nadel. “Given the glut of fallen priests who have fallen prey to these venal acts, this priest feared he would be painted with their brush.”

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  • Posted by: Chelle,SFO-MI - Aug. 23, 2011 8:24 PM ET USA

    18 months in jail!? Does that compare to the ruin of a priests reputation, his vocation, and his relationships, not to mention what it does to the Body of Christ? God have mercy on him. May our dear Lord protect this priest and his flock and all priest’s. Stay close to Our Lady.

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