Suspended Indiana priest avoids jail on sex abuse charges

NOBLESVILLE, Indiana (AP) — A suspended Indianapolis priest has avoided jail after pleading guilty to a lesser charge in a case alleging he sexually abused a teenager.

A Hamilton County judge on Wednesday sentenced David Marcotte, 35, to a year of house arrest followed by 18 months of probation and commuting his 2 1/2-year sentence.

The judge accepted Marcotte’s plea deal, though the boy’s parents asked him to turn down the plea deal, under which the Catholic priest avoids jail and does not have to register as a sex offender, WRTV-TV reported.

Marcotte pleaded guilty last month to one count of disseminating material harmful to minors, admitting he shared salacious images with the boy around six years ago when he was 14 or 15. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the child support and sexual gratification charges under his plea agreement.

The victim, now 20, lives out of state and is in college. In a letter to the court, the young man called Marcotte “the bald-headed pedophile in the defendant’s chair.”

Marcotte was working at St. Malachy Church and School in Brownsburg when he allegedly sent the victim inappropriate pictures and engaged in sexual behavior via social media and video chat apps.

Marcotte was suspended by the Indianapolis archdiocese in February 2019, days after the archdiocese learned of the allegations. He remains suspended from duty, an archdiocese spokesman said Wednesday. Suspended Indiana priest avoids jail on sex abuse charges

Dais Johnston

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