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Priest Charged With Having Child Porn Patient At Behavioral Health Center

Fr. Dennis Carey, who was arrested in July for first-degree possession of child pornography, is now a patient at the St. John Vianney Center.

At his court date Tuesday, it was revealed is a patient at St. John Vianney Center in Downington, PA, “a faith-centered community that specializes in the treatment of behavioral health issues that are unique to Catholic clergy,” according to the center’s website.

Carey was formerly the head pastor of Waterford’s St. Paul in Chains Rectory when police found 338 files of child pornography on computers he owned inside the Roman Catholic Church. Carey had his third court appearance Tuesday, where his case was continued until October 15.

At the appearance, Judge Susan B. Handy confirmed that Carey is a patient at the center, although she said he would be discharged soon to live either with his sister in Westchester, NY, or his parents, who live near Boston. Carey met $100,000 bail in July and was released on several conditions, including mandates to not to interact with children, to avoid the Internet and to not possess any pornography.

The center, according to its website, is a member facility of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and offers a “multi-disciplinary, research-based approach to the behavioral health issues of Catholic religious and priests.”

“Our programs integrate treatment for behavioral health issues with each patient's vocational journey,” the center’s website says. “While fully and faithfully Catholic in our identity, what we hold in common with other Christians inspires us to welcome clergy from all denominations.”

The center is named after St. John Vianney, the patron saint of the parish priest, according to the center's website. According to the website, the center’s goal is to reconnect a patient with his or her faith and engender hope by listening to a patient and never allowing them “to feel as though they are a number, a diagnosis or a problem.”

Patch called Michael Strammiello, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Norwich, which Carey is part of. Strammiello said he was not aware that Carey was in the center and said he couldn’t comment about it.

Strammiello did say that the diocese is in the process of defrocking Carey. He added the diocese was watching what happened with Carey’s court case.

Debbie September 06, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Who's paying for his treatment and travel expenses? Just wondering.
nascarblue September 08, 2012 at 09:21 AM
debbie, i have a feeling the taxpayers are paying some part of this treatment, although i strongly believe that they cannot be cured, over time that has proven itself when reading part two of these child porn, child molesters, predators, etc. arrested again, i do Pray for these people and hope they can be cured, if so that would mean another child would be safe from their sick and twisted mind, i dont think there is a worse senerio than a child molester, granted he was caught with material, no one knows his complete secrets and i believe no one ever will, to molest a little child and take their innocence they have ruined that child for life, i will never understand that drive they have to rape a child, i have very very strong opinions about what should happen to these monsters, these boogy men that ruin little kids, those thoughts i will keep to myself, God will take care of the rest when their time comes.
Daniella Ruiz September 10, 2012 at 06:20 PM
the pleasure centers in the brain are difficult if not impossible to retrain via cultural constraints or by instilling aversion through fear. sex being an instinctual drive to seek outlet, males have been known for eons to seek ever younger mates, if only to procure harem or control of them for later use as breeding partners. it's pretty primal, and isn't even considered possible in 'fully civilized' cultures, even those 'lost tribes' hidden away in jungles will eventually figure out the long term ill effects on their survival/procreation strategy or fall back to simple male on male killing to procure females for exclusive use. . (think- teenage boys slugging it out over a prized female? or even females pulling rivals hair out over a 'special boy'?) the only way to cut this behavior is education or close monitoring with severe consequences. autonomy is the means they exploit to gain access to naive and innocents. dense populations with ready availability of easy 'targets' makes these offenders an especially pernicious problem. with the thousands of 'new offenders' emerging with recent enacted laws, society may well have guaranteed their continued existence.

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