100s of child porn images, LSD, ecstasy found …

100s of child porn images, LSD, ecstasy found in Boise priest’s home, prosecutor says…:


Longtime Catholic Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, 72, was brought into court in a
wheelchair Monday evening for his arraignment on 14 different charges. 

Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Kassandra Slaven offered more context
Monday. She said some images on Faucher’s computer involved young
children, including infants and toddlers. The images included children
being subjected to different sexual acts and torture, she said.

Slaven also described email
conversations where Faucher reportedly traded images and talked about
his “sexual interest in children.” She said Faucher has a “very
sophisticated knowledge” of exchanging and viewing child pornography.
And in certain chats investigators viewed, she said, he expressed a
desire to molest children. One such chat screen was open on his computer
when police served the search warrant, she said.

“(Faucher) is well-liked and well-known,” Manweiler said. “He counts
among his good friends people at the highest level of both branches,
both of state government and our local government and some judicial
officials here in Ada County.” 

Faucher has been retired for three years. He previously was an active priest and canon lawyer,
and was an activist on a number of church issues, including the sexual
abuse of children by priests.

Faucher has long criticized the
Catholic Church’s handling of sexual abuse by its priests. Earlier in
2002, while based at Sisters, Oregon, he told one gathering
that the church was looking the wrong way at incidents of molested
children, and that Cardinal Bernard Law “should resign” for the events
eventually documented in the 2015 movie “Spotlight.”

Faucher wrote to the Statesman in
2010 that 82-year-old Pope Benedict XVI should retire because he was
“much too old to lead the church through this mess.”

As a canon lawyer, Faucher sometimes represented other priests, such as in 2014 regarding a priest who had been removed from a parish in Bend, Oregon, for undisclosed reasons.”

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