Plea deal possible in Father Volino case - Catholic Courier

Plea deal possible in Father Volino case

ROCHESTER — The attorney for Father Michael J. Volino, a diocesan priest facing federal charges of receiving and possession of child Internet pornography, said his client is considering a plea agreement offered by the federal government.

During an April 12 proceeding before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Feldman, attorney John R. Parrinello asked that the hearing be postponed to May 16 so the defense would have time to examine the plea deal.

After the proceeding, Parrinello declined to discuss details of the plea offer. He noted, however, that he had consulted a canonical lawyer to learn what if any impact accepting the deal could have on Father Volino’s status as a priest.

Father Volino, parochial vicar at Greece’s St. John the Evangelist Parish, is under house arrest in the Rochester area. Feldman originally had ordered him to be confined to an Elmira monastery, but said April 12 that the monastery’s phone system would not accommodate technology needed to monitor the priest’s movements by means of an electronic ankle bracelet.

The Diocese of Rochester has placed Father Volino on administrative leave, pending disposition of the charges against him. He is not allowed to engage in public ministry while on leave.

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