ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) – Authorities say a former East Windsor, Connecticut priest sexually assaulted a teenage parishioner, making the boy remove his clothes for his paychecks and causing him to seek hospital treatment for the abuse.
The Journal Inquirer reports that according to an arrest warrant unsealed in Enfield Superior Court on Tuesday, the Rev. Paul Gotta was charged on March 31 with two counts of second-degree sexual assault and five counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. Police say the incidents occurred between January 2012 and February 2013.
His lawyer did not immediately return a call Thursday morning seeking comment.
Police say the abuse contributed to the boy’s willingness to participate in illegal activities for Gotta such as buying ammunition online and illegally buying guns.
Gotta is free on a $100,000 bond and due back in court May 13.