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Priest Sentenced in Child Porn Case

HONESDALE -- A priest from New Jersey was sentenced Thursday for having child pornography at his home in Wayne County.

Fr. Kevin Gugliotta was sentenced to 11 and a half to 23 and a half months in prison and must register as a sex offender.

He pleaded guilty earlier this year to having child porn on a computer at his apartment in Gouldsboro.

Fr. Gugliotta was a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey and had a residence in Wayne County.

He stayed silent as he left the Wayne County Courthouse in Honesdale.

"While he'd prefer this didn't happen, he's used this nine, ten months almost as a retreat; he's prayed a lot," said Fr. Gabriel Costa of the Archdiocese of Newark.

Several fellow priests from New Jersey came to support Fr. Gugliotta at sentencing. The priest and high stakes poker player apologized in court, saying that while in jail since his arrest last fall, he has fasted and prayed and takes full responsibility for his actions.

Before sentencing, Fr. Gugliotta told probation officers he uploaded child porn to get back at God. The priest felt God was attacking him because he wasn't winning poker tournaments.

"That was his reason. He's not happy that's how he felt, as the judge indicated. There are other ways to handle issues and handle anger," said defense attorney Jim Swetz.

"That was a surprising thing in the court, for sure. People do things under stress they wouldn't normally do," said Fr. Costa.

Regardless of why he did it, Fr. Gugliotta will now have to register as a sex offender for 25 years and follow a long list of probation requirements, including no unsupervised contact with a child.

"The idea that this person is now thankful and sorry for his actions, that's fine. However, we can't reach out to these victims. There are children out there who have been harmed greatly by the fact he sat and downloaded and watched on multiple occasions," said Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards.

Fr. Gugliotta is not associated with any Catholic diocese in our area. He has been suspended from the ministry in New Jersey and now the Archdiocese of Newark plans to decide whether he can return as a priest.

Because Fr. Gugliotta has already spent 10 months in jail, he could be released in little more than a month.

24 comments

  • Bob Smith

    Not again!!!!! I was in Social Work for a while, I still can’t figure it out. I’m ain’t a psychiatrist.

  • Lance

    Always filled with remorse after they get caught. Getting back at God for not winning at gambling? What about the 100+ million people that didnt win the lottery last night? Does that mean we can all go out and commit disgusting reprehensible crimes? Get a grip on reality.

  • collins

    Hey, if Jerry Sandusky offered to take me to an Eagles game as a kid I would’ve endured the leg massage!

  • Boogie

    Liberals are so confused with these cases. They want to defend man-boy relationships but hate Catholics. Guess they’lol all menstruate (male libs included…of course).

    • 🤔

      I’m not a liberal and I’m not defending anything. I’m not attacking Catholics either. I’m just stating facts. You are constantly hearing of Catholic priest having some kind of sexual relationship with young boys. You don’t hear of any other church ( Methodist, Baptist, Assembly of God) having those issues. That’s all I was stating. It’s cuz they are not allowed to marry. That’s all I’m stating. Don’t take it personally. I feel bad for all of those men and even worse for those children. It’s all about temptation and if no wife well then….. It’s sickening!!!

      • Boogie

        Thats no excuse. Between Spa 61, Ashland lurkers, and Frackville street roamers there are plenty of outlets for those sexy time urges. They can get a room at Granny’s.

  • 🤔

    It’s sad that a man that is supposed to represent God does such disgusting things. And you only hear of this kind d of stuff in that Catholic church. I personally believe it’s because they’re not allowed to marry which is absolutely not right. The Bible tells us that it is better to marry than to burn. So why all of these crazy rules? I am a born again Christian and every church I have been in the pastors are married. So, the no marry rule is just one they made up themselves. Very sad..

    • Erica

      The thing is it’s happening everywhere! We need to protect our children!!!! It’s not just certain religions or certain people doing this sick shit it’s everywhere!!!!! Why why whyyyyy!!!!!!!! I literally lose sleep over it! I can wrap my head around people hurting innocent children! Period.

  • Erica

    That’s all you get for such a horrid crime!!!!! That’s sickening! What about a child even turns these sickos on!?!?!! Makes my stomach sick knowing pedephiles are everywhere and get away with so much! I think they should all be tortured and hurt like they hurt these children!

    • Erica

      Dislike all you want! You are probably a sicko just like this guy! LEAVE CHILDREN ALONE!!! God has plans for you!

      • Erica

        I hope wnep can see who is disliking all of these true statements….. maybe we can get more pedophiles off the street🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Anywhere but There

    Was it one of those 17 y.o. teens that may have been misleading or an obvious minor? Huge difference in my opinion, if it was an obvious minor the sentence is stupid. If so throw out the judge, and hang’em high. We have put up with all these freaks for the last 20 years and we are at the point where we have sheeple pulling down statues. A message to the statue protesters – I’m offended by Ghengis Khan, they have a statue in Hungary, please pull it down. (80% won’t know who he is or which state is Hungary !!!)

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