Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Fr. Thompson, of Bishop Dailey's diocese, gets five year's probation

A priest who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $95,000 from his Queens parish to pay for vacations, credit card bills and a car lease was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation. The Rev. John Thompson also made an initial payment of $10,000 toward his restitution to St. Elizabeth's Roman Catholic Church under a plea deal that spared him jail time, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Thompson, 50, pleaded guilty in September to grand larceny charges and admitted stealing $95,940 between August 1998 and April. He acknowledged using the money on personal expenses, including leasing an Infiniti, renting a vacation home in Mexico, paying for trips to Florida and paying off credit card debt.

In case you don't remember, this is the same Fr. Thompson who was accused by his parish school principal of sexual harrassment, for frequent references to gay bars, etc.

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