Former priest pleads guilty in sex abuse case

BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A former Catholic priest has been sentenced to two concurrent 12-year sentences after admitting that he molested three teenage boys in the 1980s.

Gerald J. Howard, who also was known as Carmine Sita, admitted Tuesday that he forced two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old boy into sex acts between May 1984 and September 1987 in Boonville. He also admitted that he gave his victims drugs and alcohol.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Howard was a priest at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Boonville.

Howard pleaded guilty in 1982 in New Jersey to sexually abusing a boy and was accused in a lawsuit of molesting five others. After he completed a sexual abuse treatment program he was sent to Boonville as an associate pastor.

Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune,

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