Priest With Double Life Gets 3-Years Sentence

Priest spent money on male escorts, designer clothes.

I remember his arrest some time back. Here’s the sentence:

A Roman Catholic priest from Waterbury who stole more than $1 million in church money and spent it on male escorts, Armani clothes and nights out at gay bars has been sentenced to three years in prison.

A plea of no contest was entered on behalf of The Rev. Kevin Gray, 65, and he was sentenced on Wednesday to three years of probation.

Gray was accused of stealing the money from Sacred Heart Church. He told his congregation he had cancer, but that was not true. The investigation revealed that he shared a small apartment on New York’s Upper East Side with a man he met in Central Park in 2005. After the apartment was vacated, items left behind included a reproduction of part of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, stuck to the ceiling of the living room, and a poster that seems to be the Virgin Mary.

Gray paid the $2,000 rent each month and would visit for a few days every week,according to court records.

The plea means he didn’t admit guilt, but a conviction for first-degree larceny was entered on his record, the Republican-American reports. The plea also allows Gray to deny the charge if there is a civil suit.

Gray won’t have to pay back the money because the Diocese of Hartford did not ask for restitution, prosecutors said.

Gray’s attorney called many of the charges against his client overblown.

Overblown or not, he is guilty of stealing from the Lord! But what I can’t figure out (reading the above news): is he going to prison for a three year sentence or is it ‘probation’?

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