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Alaska: priest faces multiple charges after traffic incident

April 01, 2014

A Catholic priest was arrested on several criminal charges on March 31, after he was stopped by an Alaskan state trooper for erratic driving.

Father Sean Thomson reportedly admitted that he was intoxicated after he was pulled over, and told the trooper that he was carrying a handgun in his truck. But he failed to mention a 2nd pistol, and a bag of marijuana in his pocket. He faces charges of drunk driving, drug possession, and illegal carrying of a firearm.


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  • Posted by: 1Jn416 - Apr. 02, 2014 2:18 PM ET USA

    Unum, I think most employers would not know if their employees were arrested outside of work. I'm not concerned about the guns -- guns in Alaska are quite commonplace and, given the dangerous wildlife and long response times of law enforcement, not a bad idea. But drunk driving and pot smoking does not seem fitting for any priest, never mind a university chaplain. And at 52 years old, he needs to grow up.

  • Posted by: unum - Apr. 02, 2014 9:05 AM ET USA

    As we all know, our priests are human ... and largely unsupervised by the hierarchy. What other large organization would depend on customer (parishioner) complaints and arrest notices in the paper for awareness of what its employees are doing wrong?

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Apr. 01, 2014 7:02 PM ET USA

    It says a lot about the times we live in that I feel relieved to know there weren't pornographic magazines or worse in the glove compartment of the truck.