Jersey priest faces child porn charges

HONESDALE (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest from New Jersey has been charged in Pennsylvania with uploading child pornography to an internet chat room.

His lawyer is attacking the probe and said the priest will “vigorously” defend himself.

The Rev. Kevin Gugliotta, of Mahwah, is charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography and 20 counts of dissemination of child pornography.

He was arrested last week in Toms River, New Jersey, and is being held pending extradition to Pennsylvania.

Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards said Wednesday the images were uploaded from an internet address registered to Gugliotta in Gouldsboro.

Gugliotta’s attorney, Jim Swetz, said it doesn’t appear investigators recovered the device Gugliotta allegedly used.

Gugliotta was parochial vicar at Holy Spirit Church in Union, New Jersey.

Newark Archbishop John J. Myers has removed Gugliotta from ministry.

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