Priest faces life over altar boy assaults

A former New York priest, Gary Mercure, faces life in prison after being convicted of sexual assault of two altar boys in the Berkshires during the 1980s.

Michael O. Jennings, Mercure’s Springfield-based defense attorney, said “there will be an appeal” as he left the courtroom last week, but no motions had been filed as of Monday, according to court officials, the Berkshire Eagle reports.

Judge John A. Agostini has ordered Mercure to be held in custody without bail until Wednesday’s sentencing at 2 p.m.

Mercure was permanently removed from ministry by the Diocese of Albany in 2008, but he technically remains a priest as he has not been laicized by the Vatican.

SOURCE

Priest facing life term (Berkshire Eagle)

PHOTO

Andrew Middleton (Flickr/CC2.0)