Priest kept child porn for payback against God

- A poker-playing priest sought divine payback, downloading a cache of child porn to spite God after the clergyman lost big at a card game.

Fr. Kevin Gugliotta, 55, was sentenced on Thursday to between 11 and 23-and-a-half months in prison after pleading guilty in March to having child porn on his personal computer. The Roman Catholic priest, who kept the porn at his vacation home in Gouldsboro, N.J., claimed he downloaded the illicit material to take vengeance on God, whom he blamed for lost poker tournaments, WNEP reported.

"That was his reason,” defense attorney James Swetz said. “He's not happy that that's how he felt and as the judge indicated, look, there are other ways to handle issues and handle anger.”

Gugliotta, a former priest in the Archdiocese of Newark, was dismissed when the initial allegations became public. Police said the images found on Gugliotta’s computer depicted boys as young as 8 or 10 years old.

“While he’d prefer this didn’t happen, he’s used this nine, ten months almost as a retreat,” said Fr. Gabriel Costa of the Archdiocese of Newark. “He’s prayed a lot.”

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