User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
News : Former Boonville Priest Pleads Guilty In Sex Abuse Case
Posted by Randy on 2014/6/18 6:39:35 (408 reads) News by the same author

BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A former Catholic priest pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cooper County Circuit Court to three felonies for molesting three teenage boys in the 1980s and was sentenced to 12 years, to run concurrently, on each charge.

Click to see original Image in a new window

(Photo Taken 1976)


Gerald J. Howard, who also was known as Carmine Sita, admitted to drugging two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old and forcing them to commit sexual acts or forcing himself on them between May 1984 and September 1987. In taking a plea deal with Cooper County Prosecutor Doug Abele, Howard pleaded guilty to two counts of forcible sodomy and one count of attempted forcible sodomy and four other felony charges were dismissed. Howard admitted to giving the victims marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, LSD and psychotropic mushrooms.

Two of the boys, the 14-year-olds, Howard befriended while he was a priest at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Boonville. Howard met the third after he left the parish, Abele said in court. Howard would take at least two of the boys on long rides in the country without other supervision and, in the first two cases, abused them either in the car, at his apartment or in the parish’s rectory. The third boy was raped at Howard’s apartment on Third Street in Boonville, Abele said.

All three of the boys were afraid to disobey a priest and Howard, who turns 70 next year, also threatened them with physical harm if they told anyone, Abele said. Howard also outweighed each victim by about 100 pounds and was several inches taller, Abele said. This size and weight discrepancy enabled Howard to “exercise his will over” the victims, Abele said.

Abele gave Cooper County Circuit Judge Robert Koffman four letters from the three victims, whom Abele referred to in court as John Doe 1, 2 and 3.

“There’s some things that jump off the page to me,” Koffman said of the letters. “All of these victims were children and have had their lives turned around.”

Twelve years pales in comparison to the “horrible pain” Howard caused the boys, Koffman said.

“Not one believes that what’s being offered in this case is enough but they’re willing to accept it,” he said.

In the late ‘70s and early ‘80, Howard served as a priest in Jersey City, N.J., and was known as Carmine Sita. He pleaded guilty in 1982 to sexually abusing a boy, and was subsequently accused in a lawsuit of molesting five others. After he pleaded guilty, Howard completed a sexual abuse treatment program, changed his name and then-Bishop Michael McAuliffe of Jefferson City sent him to Boonville as an associate pastor at the church. McAuliffe died in 2005. The Archdiocese of Newark settled the lawsuit in May last year for $650,000.

The three victims recounted Howard’s crimes in a hearing in October 2012. Their stories had similarities to the crimes in New Jersey, in which Howard was caught with drugs in a car with an underage boy.

Howard’s current address was listed in Bloomfield, N.J., in online court records. Howard was arrested in New Jersey and charged in Missouri in 2010. Having served about four years already, his attorney, James L. Rutter of Columbia, noted in court that in Missouri, once a prisoner turns 70, they could be eligible for parole if they’ve served at least 40 percent of their sentence when they’ve been convicted of three crimes.

Koffman said it isn’t guaranteed that Howard will be released before his full 12-year sentence is up.

“They live a life full of punishment,” Koffman said to Howard of his victims, “which is worse than what you’re getting.”

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2015/7/6 6:50:10 - Maysville Man Injured In Collision With Tractor
2015/7/6 6:42:33 - Eagleville Man Seriously Injured In Motorcycle Accident
2015/7/6 6:34:14 - Three Milan Residents Injured In Route Z Accident In Sullivan County
2015/7/6 5:48:52 - Putnam County Man Charged With Murder In Death Of Wife
2015/7/6 4:46:00 - Toddler, 3, Shoots Himself With Grandfather's Gun
2015/7/6 4:10:54 - Springfield Teacher Charged With Sexually Abusing Child In Foster Care
2015/7/6 4:06:51 - Police: Human Remains Found In Dunklin County Ditch
2015/7/6 4:01:51 - 5-Year-Old Girl Killed By Jumping Sturgeon
2015/7/6 3:58:13 - Murder Charges Filed Against Teen In Killing Of Elderly Couple Near St. Joseph
2015/7/4 12:40:10 - Princeton Woman Dies, 3 Injured During Early Morning Accident In Mercer County
2015/7/3 6:30:16 - Scammers Target Chillicothe Residents
2015/7/3 6:24:26 - Gallatin Woman Arrested On Multiple Charges After Injury Accident
2015/7/3 4:51:14 - Bridge South Of Gallatin Set To Close For 3 Weeks
2015/7/3 4:44:53 - Fireworks Go Off At Dark Tonight In Trenton
2015/7/3 4:28:38 - Miss Missouri Comes Home
2015/7/3 4:00:00 - Man's Obituary Simply Reads "Doug Died"
2015/7/3 4:00:00 - Police: Woman Dies In Boone County Courtroom
2015/7/3 3:59:53 - French Mother Gets 9 Years In Prison For Killing 8 Newborns
2015/7/2 8:58:03 - Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation Receives Grant From Union Pacific
2015/7/2 8:49:30 - Trenton Park Board Meets
2015/7/2 8:45:38 - Tri-County Board Of Education Approves Budget
2015/7/2 6:35:02 - Teen Receives Serious Injuries, Demolishes Vehicle In Accident Near Green City
2015/7/2 4:43:49 - Macon Officials Dedicate Solar Farm
2015/7/2 4:38:49 - Police: Missouri Man Kills Self During Standoff
2015/7/2 4:29:07 - Missouri Public Service Commission Rejects Plan For Multistate Wind Power
2015/7/2 4:12:53 - Police: Bomb Found In Car During Springfield Traffic Stop
2015/7/2 4:09:03 - New Law In Effect Allows Kansans To Carry Concealed Weapons Without Permit
2015/7/2 4:03:37 - School Charges Mother $77,000 For Access To Emails Involving Son
2015/7/1 7:36:28 - Chillicothe Man Injured When Pool Carries Him Out Of Pickup
2015/7/1 6:37:47 - Clerk Accused Of Shooting Teen Allegedly Over Theft Of Cookies



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM