Priest Charged, Allegedly Stole to Pay Blackmailers

August 9, 2006

Cleveland (AP) -- A Cleveland area priest targeted in an alleged extortion scheme has been charged with stealing from his church to pay off the accused blackmailers.

The Rev. Tom Carolan pleaded not guilty to a theft charge yesterday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Three suburban Cleveland residents are scheduled for trial September 20th on charges of theft, extortion and forgery in connection with the priest's case.

The priest told police the three demanded money in exchange for their silence about him having sex with a woman.

Investigators accuse Carolan of stealing between $500 and $5,000 from his church's accounts to pay the three.

He has since resigned his position at Saint Jude Parish in Warrensville Heights.

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