Finally! More than a year after pleading guilty to child porn charges Deacon William Kokesch was sentenced. Kokesch, a former journalist and former director of communications for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, was sentenced to two years less a day.
24 March 2015: Montreal deacon in child pornography case gets jail time
According to media reports, there were nearly 100,00 images of child porn on the Deacon’s computer.
Nadine Haviernick, the Crown prosecutor, said she has no words to describe the images “they were outrageous disgusting images.”
Jeffrey Barro, Kokesch’s lawyer, seemed to rationalize the crimes by alluding to problems that Kokesch had as a child: “When you have a troubled childhood, it sometimes manifests itself in acts such as the one that Mr. Kokesch pleaded guilty to.”
That is perhaps true, however , as an adult Mr. Kokesch voluntarily became and served as a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. Please, please, please – please don’t try to convince us that this deacon didn’t know that what he was doing was both sinful and criminal!
All seem to agree that Kokesch is not a risk to re-offend. I hope and pray that is true.
The two-years-less-a-day means Kokesch will not be heading for a federal penitentiary ( A sentence must be two years to spend time in a penitentiary). And, even though his sentence is just shy of two years, according to media reports – believe it or not -Deacon Kokesch could be out on good behaviour in four months!
I just realized that I have no idea what disciplinary action can be taken by the Church to ensure that he can longer be referred to or serve as a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. There must be an equivalent to defrocking? I will check. Whatever is required action should be taken to get this man out of the diaconate.
I will look for an post other media coverage. Keep an eye on NEW to the site. As I post I will post a link there.
Enough for now,