Child pornography, LSD, and ecstasy found in retired Idaho priest's home
(KUTV)- During a Monday court hearing in Idaho, a prosecutor said hundreds of images of child pornography and drugs including marijuana, ecstasy, and LSD were found in the home of a retired Boise priest.
According to an article in the Idaho Statesman, Catholic Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, 72-years-old, was brought into court in a wheelchair Monday evening for his arraignment on 14 different charges.
Court documents reveal that most of the crimes involve Idaho’s law against child pornography. The Idaho Statesman notes that Faucher is charged with "10 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, and two counts of distributing sexually exploitative material involving children. His last two charges are both for drug possession. All of the charges are felonies except for both drug counts."
Idaho officials started an investigation over the weekend after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Faucher was arrested on a warrant from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office on Friday — the same day investigators obtained a search warrant for his home.
The Idaho Statesman says the Ada County Deputy Prosecutor, Kassandra Slaven, offered more context Monday. "She said some images on Faucher’s computer involved young children, including infants and toddlers. The images included children being subjected to different sexual acts and torture," the article said.
Slaven also described emails where Faucher reportedly "traded images and talked about his "sexual interest in children.”
"Faucher has a “very sophisticated knowledge” of exchanging and viewing child pornography. And in certain chats investigators, he expressed a desire to molest children," Prosecutor Slaven said. According to the Idaho Statesman, one chat screen was open on his computer when police served the search warrant.
Judge Michael W. Lojek ordered Faucher held on $250,000 bond and directed him to have no contact with any children under 18. He is also forbidden from using the internet.
Faucher’s next court date is set for Feb. 15.