Catholic priest pleads guilty to child porn charges in Wayne County

Father Kevin Gugliotta now faces up to seven years in prison

HONESDALE, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - A Roman Catholic priest from New Jersey pleaded guilty Friday to child pornography charges in Wayne County.

In an orange jumpsuit, Father Kevin Gugliotta went into court ready to plead guilty.

"Whenever you have a person who is in a position of faith, respect, it's upsetting to the public to know that person abused that position by doing what he did," Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards said.

Last year, Gugliotta was accused of uploading inappropriate images to the website "Chat-Step."

Investigators say he did it using his laptop while staying at his vacation apartment on Third Street in Gouldsboro.

Prosecutors think the 55-year-old uploaded files on 20 separate occasions in Wayne County during the summer of 2016 but was allowed to plead guilty to just one felony charge.

"When we looked at the number of counts and what we could negotiate, which is one count as a first offense, it was obvious that acceptance of the plea was in his best interest," defense attorney James Swetz said.

Gugliotta now faces up to seven years in prison. He could also be required to register as a sex offender.

Detectives from Wayne and Monroe counties along with police in New Jersey worked on this case.

They say some of the uploaded images featured boys as young as eight or ten years old.

"When somebody uploads pornography, child pornography, there actually is somebody watching and in this case cyber-tips came. That information was received," Edwards said.

Immediately after his arrest last year, the Archdiocese of Newark removed Father Gugliotta from priestly ministry.

His sentencing is currently scheduled for June.

 


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