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Posted at 2:39 PM ET, 09/24/2010

Former Md. priest sentenced for sex abuse

By Washington Post editors

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

By Washington Post editors  | September 24, 2010; 2:39 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Comments

One case dropped, 3 others also in a plea bargain...He gets 18 months HOME DETENTION...And just how does this help to rehab this guy?????? Bet if he had been say 30 he would get jail time....

Time for the courts to stop taking senior citizens age into consideration when sentencing....34 yrs ago he molested this kid...which means he was 40...do you think he just started molesting at age 40?????

Being 74 or 24...jail time is in order for molesters...when his house arrest time is up do you think he will molest again??????

Posted by: pentagon40 | September 24, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

sue the church and the hitler youth pope!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | September 24, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

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