Former Md. priest sentenced for sex abuse
A defrocked Roman Catholic priest has been sentenced in Frederick to 18 months of home detention for sexually abusing a local altar boy in 1976.
Seventy-four-year-old Thomas Bevan of Cascade was convicted after entering an Alford plea Friday to one count of child abuse.
In an Alford plea, the defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges the state has enough evidence to convict.
As part of the deal, the state dropped a second child abuse count and agreed not to prosecute Bevan for cases involving three other children from a Baltimore County parish where Bevan also worked.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore removed Bevan in August as pastor of the Church of St. Patrick in Cumberland.
-- Associated Press
Washington Post editors
| September 24, 2010; 2:39 PM ET
Categories: Crime and Public Safety, Maryland
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