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Texas: former priest charged with seeking to arrange murder of abuse accuser

January 26, 2011

In Texas, a former Catholic priest will be in court this week to face charges that he tried to hire someone to kill a boy who had accused him of sexual abuse.

John Fiala has been behind bars since his arrest last November on murder-for-hire charges. Last week the San Antonio archdiocese reached a settlement of nearly 1 million in a lawsuit brought by his accuser. Fiala denies all wrongdoing.


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  • Posted by: Lisa Nicholas, PhD - Jan. 26, 2011 6:01 PM ET USA

    Horrifying. It's good to know that this man is a "former" priest. I imagine that one of the few things worse than being the victim of a sexually predatory priest is to learn that he is also your would-be murderer.