L.I. Priest Gets 2 Years in Jail for Sodomizing Boy

WNBC News [Riverhead NY]
March 4, 2003

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. -- A Long Island priest who admitted sodomizing a teenage boy was sentenced to two years in jail on Tuesday, as part of a deal with prosecutors in two counties where the abuse took place.

Suffolk County Court Judge Stephen Braslow gave the Rev. Michael Hands two consecutive one-year sentences after the priest pleaded guilty last month to the pair of sodomy charges stemming from sexual relations he had with the boy while he was assigned to St. Philip Neri Church in Northport.

The case against Hands stretched for more than 20 months through courts in both Nassau and Suffolk counties, and was delayed in part because he cooperated with a grand jury investigation into pedophile priests throughout Long Island.

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