Melkite Greek Catholic Priest Charged with Indecent Assault and Corruption

In Montrose, Reverand Phillip Ferrara, a Melkite Greek Catholic Priest, was accused of the assault of  a 14-year-old boy and corruption of a minor.

According to police investigations, the priest forced the boy to massage him with oil at a retreat center at Lake O’ Meadows Road. Further information revealed that several such incidents took place last year and earlier this year.

Ferrara told the court that a medical condition involving his prostate drove him to engage in these acts with the boy. Although the vestal man apologized to the judge and the community, he did not directly apologize to the boy.

The boy’s mother reporter the indecent sexual contact last March and the priest was charged on Thursday to spend six months to 2 years in state prison and given a fine of $750.


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