Priest Takes Non-Sexual Plea Deal in Fondling Case

By Michael Zeigler
Democrat & Chronicle
July 31, 2006

[partial text from Abuse Tracker]

(July 31, 2006) — A Roman Catholic priest accused of fondling a 14-year-old boy was allowed to plead guilty today to a non sexual charge.

The Rev. Dennis R. Sewar, 55, who was charged with a misdemeanor of third-degree sexual abuse, pleaded guilty to attempted endangering the welfare of a child, also a misdemeanor.

Rochester City Court Judge John E. Elliott sentenced Sewar to one year of probation but warned him that he could face 90 days in jail if he violates conditions of his probation.

Sewar was charged with touching the boy's clothed genitals in 1999 in the rectory of a Rochester church. The charge to which he pleaded guilty alleged that he attempted to endanger the child's mental, moral or physical well-being.


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