Priest kept child porn as 'revenge' on God for continually losing poker games


A priest was trying to get revenge on God for poker losses when he collected child pornography on his computer at his home.

The New Jersey Rev. Kevin Gugliotta was sentenced Thursday to 11½ to 23½ months in the Wayne County jail, receiving credit for 10 months he's already served. 

He pleaded guilty to a single count of disseminating child pornography.

Pretrial records show Gugliotta told probation officers he felt God was attacking him when he lost poker tournaments and games, and got 'revenge' by collecting the porn. 

The Archdiocese of Newark says Gugliotta, who had been assigned to a church in Union County, New Jersey, is removed from active ministry and could be defrocked.

In a statement they confirmed the images were uploaded from his personal laptop at his vacation home and that there were no similar allegations in Union, where he was the parochial vicar at Holy Spirit Church.

Defense attorney Jim Swetz confirmed revenge was the priest's 'reason' for collecting the porn.

It's not the first time Gugliotta has been in trouble with the law. 

Thirteen years ago, amid allegations he molested a 16-year-old boy, he was suspended from ministry in New Jersey and his case was referred to the Vatican for guidance.


AP

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