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Former priest pleads guilty in sex abuse case

6-18-14

BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A former Catholic priest has been sentenced to two concurrent 12-year sentences after admitting that he molested three teenage boys in the 1980s.

Gerald J. Howard, who also was known as Carmine Sita, admitted Tuesday that he forced two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old boy into sex acts between May 1984 and September 1987 in Boonville. He also admitted that he gave his victims drugs and alcohol.

The Columbia Daily Tribune (http://bit.ly/1vQtrDy ) reports Howard was a priest at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Boonville.

Howard pleaded guilty in 1982 in New Jersey to sexually abusing a boy and was accused in a lawsuit of molesting five others. After he completed a sexual abuse treatment program he was sent to Boonville as an associate pastor.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com