40.41 F
Rexburg
October 21, 2021
Church News

Idaho priest convicted of child porn defrocked by Vatican

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Vatican has defrocked an Idaho priest who was convicted of possessing violent and extreme child pornography last year.

The Idaho Statesman reports the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise announced Saturday that W. Thomas Faucher was laicized. The decision means the church has stripped him of the title of priest and banned him from serving as a member of the clergy.

Bishop Peter Christensen said in a prepared statement that the news of Faucher’s laicization was anticipated, and yet saddening for the Diocese of Boise.

Prosecutors said they found more than 2,000 photos and videos depicting child sexual abuse on Faucher’s computer and phone, including depictions of torture. Prosecutors also said they found evidence of online conversations in which Faucher discussed his desire to rape and kill infants and children. Faucher’s attorney claimed some of the evidence was simply Faucher engaging in “role playing.”

Faucher was sentenced in December to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Related posts

Elder James O. Mason—Emeritus General Authority—Dies at Age 89

O D

Texas Church Uses Donations to Pay Off $2.6 Million of Medical Debt for Thousands of Families

O D

A Legacy of Service to Faith, Family and Country

O D

A look at North Carolina’s Church history and why the temple rededication is a ‘game changer’ for Latter-day Saints

O D

President Nelson to Visit to Southeast Asia in November

O D

Mormons in Mexico: A brief history of polygamy, cartel violence and faith

O D