Once again a pedophile Priest from the Catholic Church has been arrested and is facing multiple counts on both the possession of child pornography and the molestation of a prepubescent minor child in Boise, Idaho, and was also found to be in the possession of numerous illegal drugs including LSD and Ecstacy.
The Diocese of Boise has claimed that they're "shocked" by the charges against 72-year-old Fr. Thomas Faucher, which is alleged to have sent shockwaves across the Catholic faith in the state.
Faucher is currently being charged with 10 counts of child sexual exploitation, two counts of distributing sexually exploitative material involving children and two counts of drug possession.
The Diocese says that Faucher is a Former St. Mary's Catholic Church Priest, located at 2612 West Street in Boise.
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During his arraignment, the Prosecution said law enforcement received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that the former Priest had been engaged in the downloading of child pornography.
This led to a warrant being placed out for Faucher's arrest by the Idaho Attorney General's Office.
Soon thereafter a search warrant was executed inside of Fauchers home where numerous hard drives, computers, mobile devices, as well as SD cards were seized by investigators, according to<a href="https://www.ncronline.org/news/accountability/retired-idaho-priest-charged-sex-exploitation-child-child-porn"> The National Catholic Reporter</a>.
On those hard drives and electronic equipment Detectives found "hundreds of videos and images of children," which they say included children as young as toddlers being forcefully raped by adults.
They also found LSD, marijuana, and ecstacy inside the fallen Priest's home, although authorities haven't announced how much of the drugs were found.
Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Kassandra Slaven said the videos were disturbing and showed toddlers being "tortured" as they were sexually assaulted.
Slaven also described email conversations where Faucher reportedly traded images and talked about his "sexual interest in children." She said Faucher has a "very sophisticated knowledge" of exchanging and viewing child pornography.
In specific chats investigators viewed, she said, he expressed a desire to molest children.
One such chat screen was open on his computer when police served the search warrant, she said.
Faucher talked in the chat about his "desires to rape and kill children," Deputy Prosecutor Cathy Guzman said at a probable cause hearing earlier Monday.
Judge Michael Lojek issued a no-contact order between Faucher and all children under age 18. Lojek also prohibited Faucher from travelling out of Ada County without permission and forbid the use of drugs. However, Faucher is permitted to use alcohol because of his Catholic faith, Lojek said.
Despite granting Faucher a $250,000 bond, he later posted the bail and was released.
Bishop Peter F. Christensen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise said in a statement that it has never received any complaints against Faucher.
"If these allegations are true and proven in court, they are a betrayal of the trust we place in all ministers such as Father Faucher," Christensen stated. "Anyone who takes advantage of and exploits children for their own gratification is absolutely wrong. There are no excuses for such behavior by any one of our clergy."
For those of us who have been following, this doesn't come as a surprise since the Catholic Church has countless pedophiles in their ranks which have been arrested or even eluded prosecution in the past year.
The Boise Diocese are asking any victims to contact their Safe Environment and Victim Assistance Coordinator, Veronica Childers, at 208-350-7556.
With the history the Catholic Church has, you'd be better off contacting law enforcement if you have any additional information in this case.
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