Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Chaplin Jailed After Paying Inmate For Professionals

Frank DeTucci, a 70-year-old Catholic chaplain at the Queensboro Correctional Facility in Long Island City, Queens was arrested for paying a male inmate for professionals. According to reports, the chaplain paid the male inmate $120 and $150 on two occasions to perform oral sex on him inside his chaplain’s office at the prison. The first incident happened at around 9 am on July 5 and the second occurred Sunday -- when the chaplain -- who's paid $79,819 a year to perform priestly duties at the prison -- was arrested. Frank, who also serves as a deacon at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC Church, is charged with criminal sex act, attempted criminal sex act, sexual misconduct, attempted sexual misconduct and official misconduct. He faces up to four years in prison.

...Meanwhile in Kentucky, four death row inmates in have sued the state prison system, claiming that pastors have been illegally restricted from visiting them. The prison system changed its policy about a year ago, requiring inmates to place pastors on one of three slots on an inmate's visitation list to meet with them one-on-one. Previously, pastors had greater flexibility to visit the inmates one-on-one. The prisoners, who filed the suit July 6 in federal court, want US District Judge Thomas B Russell to force the Kentucky Department of Corrections to allow one-on-one pastoral visits with three days notice from the pastor.

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