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Update: Fr. Carey: 'I Want To Get Help'

Father Dennis Carey, Former Pastor Of Waterford’s St. Paul’s Church, Posts Bail Following Child Porn Charge

Update, 1:10 p.m., Tuesday:

Today, in his arraignment in a New London court, the Rev. Dennis Carey said “I want to get help” while posting a $100,000 bond on a charge of first-degree possession of child pornography.

Carey was the pastor of St. Paul in Chains Rectory in Waterford before resigning last week following an investigation by state police into child pornography. That investigation turned into an arrest, with Carey turning himself in Monday.

During his arraignment, Carey’s lawyer Ronald Stevens stressed that there are no allegations of Carey doing anything inappropiate with children. He said Carey was allegedly just looking at child pornography, saying Carey has "been struggling with the issue for awhile.”

“I just think there is a huge difference,” said Stevens, referring to the difference between viewing child pornography and doing inappropriate things with children.

Stevens argued Carey’s bond should be set at $50,000, but Judge Kevin McMahon put it at $100,000. Carey posted bail, and his next court date is Monday.

Carey said he would see a therapist today. Stevens also stressed that the church in no way participated in or covered up Carey’s alleged crime.

UPDATE, 11:40 a.m., Tuesday:

A statement from the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich:

“We have just learned of the arrest of Father Dennis Carey, former pastor of St. Paul’s Church in Waterford, on charges linked to child pornography. We, along with everyone else, will wait to see how the legal process unfolds and to learn the details of the investigation.

"These allegations are extremely serious and run contrary to everything we believe as a Church. To exploit children in that fashion is absolutely reprehensible. We pray the allegations are not true.

"This is a sad moment for all of us. We always hope we will never again hear about any investigations or allegations of misconduct by priests. For the parish community, for the priests of the diocese, and for me personally, it is extremely difficult. We are all saddened and deeply hurt.

"We are grateful to the State Police for their professionalism. They continue to have our full support and cooperation.”

Diocese spokesman Michael Strammiello added that "Father Joseph Whittel, of in Quaker Hill, will serve as interim Parish Administrator. The Diocese is fully committed to complete cooperation with the investigation."

ORIGINAL:

Connecticut State Police have arrested a priest from a Waterford Roman Catholic Church on child pornography charges.

Dennis Carey, (DOB 11/17/46), of 191 High Street, Apt A4, East Hartford, was charged with Possession of Child Pornography First Degree.

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State police said in a press release issued this morning that "on 05/29/12, the Los Angeles, California, Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce contacted the Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes ICAC Taskforce and requested assistance with an investigation that originated in California but led to a possible suspect residing in the State of Connecticut.

"Troopers initiated a criminal investigation in Connecticut. Troopers obtained information from America Online (AOL) (which) submitted reports to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) concerning suspected child pornography that had been sent using an AOL email account.

"Connecticut Troopers utilizing investigative leads and information, ... submitted search warrant applications to Superior Court. The court issued the search warrants and subpoenas associated with various email accounts and IP addresses pertaining to this investigation.

"On 06/28/12, Troopers from the CT State Police assisted by the executed a search warrant at the , 170 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford, CT. Troopers seized various items of evidence and continued this investigation.

"Upon review of evidence and facts and circumstances in this case, Troopers submitted an application for an arrest warrant to Superior Court for the arrest of the accused. The arrest warrant was issued by the court for the arrest of the accused.

"(On) 07/02/12, the accused surrendered to State Police. The accused was processed at State Police Troop E and was held on a $100,000 bond. He will be presented in Superior Court in New London today to answer the charge.

"The State Police will continue this investigation and are asking anyone who has any knowledge or information related to this investigation to contact State Police at 860-685-8190."


Patch will have updates.

Judy Jones July 03, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Let's hope that every person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and misdeeds by Fr Dennis Carey, will find the courage and strength to speak up, call police (not church officials), expose wrongdoing, protect kids and start healing. Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com, (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,) is the worlds oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc.
Water Ford July 03, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I saw this link posted by wtfd res and then it was gone a short time later. http://www.caringforourchildrenfoundation.org/?p=20856 Two people separated by 30 years share a residence 30+ miles from Waterford and they are both arrested within months for the same crime? What is with this address: 191 High Street, Apt A4, East Hartford
Sick N. Tired July 03, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Let us pray......that all people who may have an interest in this type of illegal/immoral behavior get the professional help they so need. AMEN
madeline lopez July 04, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Let us pray. . . that all people who are involved with the sexual exploitation of children are held accountable criminally and are kept away from children from now on, as we know there has not been any "cure" found for this behavior. Professional help is fine, as long as it is received while behind bars. AMEN.
Kate July 04, 2012 at 03:27 AM
SNAP has been totally discredited. This organization uses misrepresentations and lies, which the leader of SNAP has admitted to, and is a cover organization for a group that has a vendetta against the Catholic church. Avoid going to SNAP for anything. See the website of The Catholic League for more information about how awful this group is.
Kate July 04, 2012 at 03:31 AM
I agree. There is no "cure" for these crimes. Sex crimes are just resistant to any therapy. I think we need to know more about seminaries and how are changes in place to make certain the old criteria for seminary advancement are not used. This is something lay people have not been involved in at all (none of our business) but I admit, now I want to know. I know I could use some transparency in that area. I really want to know how it is changed, so we can try to avoid these situations. Perhaps we need lie detectors, or some other way of evaluation. Enough is enough.
NL-Phil July 04, 2012 at 12:55 PM
"Water Ford" shows that the East Hartford address Fr Carey provided for himself is also occupied by an accused child pornographer (as documented in a Norwich Bulletin article). Is this some type of "ring" of pedophiles and pornographers? Why has no media outlet (The Day, Norwich Bulletin, TV Stations) seen this, investigated it, and reported on it.
madeline lopez July 05, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I would like to strongly suggest that any clergy abuse victim who has not yet come forward disregard Kate's comments on SNAP. Contrary to her comments, SNAP has not been "discredited." It is simply mistrusted by those who cannot or will not face reality when it comes to clergy abuse and by those who would rather shoot the messenger than hear the message. SNAP's membership has been growing, around the world. SNAP has offered support and resources to many thousands of victims and their advocates. And please, please do not pay attention to the Catholic League. The league is primarily one sick, nasty, narrow-minded guy who will go to any lengths to blame victims, scapegoat gays, and defend the criminal acts perpetrated by Catholic clergy. He minimizes, excuses and distorts statistics to make victims look bad, particularly if the file a legal claim against his beloved church. He is an apologist for the church, and a blatently transparent egomaniac, in my opinion and the opinion of most thinking people. SNAP will tell you the truth about these crimes. SNAP is not a "cover group," it is a group made up of thousands who all share the same history of abuse/betrayal by clergy and the hierarchy.
Daniella Ruiz July 07, 2012 at 07:31 PM
with all these short bursts of police/court information, unfounded allegations (an uncommited sex act?), organized blogs of unknown individuals, church say so, clergy says something else, lawyers promoting their trade, prosecutors making their hit career, facts from 20 years ago, media using issues as spin offs for sales of ads, and all else just crawling out of the woodwork, no wonder theres so much social distrust. not only of the church, but the system that has obviously been PAID highly to protect the safety of all, yet cannot. tell me pedophilia is something new, or has it just become the next 'war' (War on Pedophiles) as more people have access to thousands more news sites across the country. we used to be privy to local newspapers only, then came radio, then megacorporate news conglomerates, then the free wheeling internet just blew it all wide open.
Andre Thompson July 09, 2012 at 06:03 PM
To Mr. Carey's lawyer Ronald Stevens: there is no difference between viewing child pornography and doing inappropriate things with children as far as Mr. Carey is concerned because Matthew ch. 5 verse 27-29 clearly says: 27 Ye have heard that it was said ! by them of old time, thou shall not commit adultery: 28 But i say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Although this passage of scripture deals with adultery, it still holds the same principal(looking,viewing). Mr. Carey above all else should know that because he is held accountable by the highest authority! I'm not judging Mr. Carey, i am however holding him accountable to the scriptures he totally disregarded and was taught in Seminary school.
Paul Kendrick July 10, 2012 at 06:24 PM
SNAP's Judy Jones should seek accountability within her own organization. It is on the public record that SNAP President, Barbara Blaine, wrote a letter to the Louisiana Medical Board in support of Dr. Steve Taylor who had been arrested (and later convicted and jailed) for possession of 107 sexually explicit images of children on his computer. In her letter, Blaine praised Taylor for his past "humanitarian" work on behalf of sexual abuse victims. Blaine has had every opportunity to amend and/or rescind her support of Taylor, but refuses to do so. I have to wonder why Jones and other SNAP leaders, who are among the most caring and hardest working child protection advocates in the world, continue to ignore the insult and injury they are inflicting on abuse victims who are exploited by the violence of child pornography by their collective failure to object in a clear and forceful manner to Blaine's unrelenting defense of Taylor. No one in SNAP is asking "What about the victims" in the Taylor case.

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