CRIME

Lottery-Winning Ex-Priest Charged With Sex Abuse

Received $1.17 million payout in 1985

A once-popular priest who won more than $1 million in the New York Lottery is now earning attention for an entirely different reason.

Joseph Faraone was charged Friday with a sex crime in Putnam County, New York, the Journal News reported.

Faraone, 68, is accused of sexual contact with a 50-year-old woman who was unable to consent, according to the Southeast-Brewster Patch.

Faraone, who retired from the clergy several years ago, was working for a human services organization when the alleged encounter with a patient occurred, the Patch wrote.

Second-degree criminal sexual act and first degree sexual abuse each carry a penalty of up to seven years in prison upon conviction, the Putnam County Courier noted. 

Faraone served in various parishes in New York state, including 12 years with St. James Church in Carmel.

I am so disappointed," one St. James worshiper goer told the Courier. "Everyone loved Father Faraone when he served here and we were sad when he was reassigned.”

According to Associated Press, Faraone won a $1.17 million lottery payout in 1985 while at the Church of St. Patrick in Yorktown.

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