Priest and Drugs

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đăng ngày 12 tháng 9, 2008


Linh mục bị buộc tội bán Cocaine trong Nhà nguyện đại học

ABC - USA Today
đăng ngày 12/09/2008

Phúc trình của báo chí địa phương cho hay trong tuần lễ nầy, một Linh mục Công giáo đã bị buộc tội bán cocaine tại văn phòng và nhà riêng của Linh mục trong khuôn viên Đại học University of Illinois tại thành phố Urbana-Champaign.

Theo nhật báo The Pantagraph, linh mục Christopher Layden, 33 tuổi, bị bắt hôm thứ tư, ngày 10 tháng 9, sau khi cảnh sát tìm được “vào khoảng 3 gram cocaine bột và  các dụng cụ linh tinh có liên quan đến ma túy” trong khi lục xét khuôn viên đại học theo lệnh của trát tòa.

Tờ báo cho biết linh mục Layden đã cho mình vô tội về 3 điều tố cáo.

  Báo The News-Gazette tường trình rằng một mật báo viên cho cảnh sát biết từ  năm 2007, ông ta đã dùng cocaine chung với vị Linh mục nầy “40 đến 50 lần” . Tờ báo còn cho biết thêm rằng “Phó Biện lý Tiểu bang thứ nhất Steve Ziegler, hôm thứ Năm, tuyên bố tại tòa rằng cảnh sát tại Đại học UI đã theo dõi việc mật báo viên mua cocaine của Linh mục Layden vào ngày 4 tháng Chín”.

  Về vụ nầy, độc giả có thể truy cập phúc trình tội ác của Sở Cảnh sát đại học tại .  

  Trong một bản tuyên bố với đài truyền hình ABC địa phương, Giáo khu Peoria “bị sốc và lấy làm buồn” khi biết rằng Linh mục Layden bị bắt. Theo bản tuyên bố, Linh mục Layden đã bị đình chỉ nhiệm vụ trong khi chờ đợi kết quả cuộc điều tra.


Priest charged with selling coke from campus rectory

A Catholic priest was charged this week with selling cocaine from his office and residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, local news organizations report.

The Rev. Christopher Layden, 33, was arrested Wednesday after police found "about 3 grams of powder cocaine and items of drug paraphernalia" while executing a search warrant on the campus, according to The Pantagraph.

Layden pleaded not guilty to three charges, the paper says.

The News-Gazette reports an informant told police that he has used cocaine with the priest "40 to 50 times" since 2007. "First Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler said in court Thursday that the UI police monitored a cocaine purchase by the informant from Layden on Sept. 4," the paper says.

Here's the campus police department's blotter entry about this case.

The Peoria Diocese says in a statement to the local ABC affiliate that it was "shocked and saddened" to learn of the priest's arrest. He has been suspended pending the outcome of the case, the statement says.


Campus Priest Accused of Dealing CokePriest at Univ. of Illinois Allegedly Sold Cocaine from His Home and Office

A Catholic priest on the University of Illinois campus has been charged with selling cocaine from his church office and rectory.

The Reverend Christopher Layden pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of delivery of less than 1 gram of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church and one count of possession with intent to deliver 1 to 15 grams of cocaine near a church.

The 33-year-old was arrested Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Newman Center after investigators found 3 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia while searching his home and office. His bond was set at $50,000.

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria says it has suspended Layden.

His attorney, Mark D. Lipton, did not immediately respond to an after hours message seeking comment.


One-time Normal priest posts bond, out of jail on drug charges

URBANA -- A priest who once served at Epiphany Catholic Church in Normal posted $5,000 bond Thursday afternoon and was released from jail on charges he sold drugs. | Epiphany pastor: 'If it’s true, it’s dreadful'

The Rev. Christopher Layden was arrested Wednesday after University of Illinois police searched the St. John’s Catholic Newman Center and Layden’s personal residence at the rectory across the street from the student center.

Police collected about three grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, including a scale, according to police reports. Layden faces two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, all within 1,000 feet of a church.

If convicted, Layden could receive six to 30 years in prison on the more serious charges.

Initial information from police does not point to students as Layden’s alleged customers.

“We have no information that tells us that he was selling to students,” said Champaign police Lt. Roy Acree.

Layden is the only suspect in the drug case, which remains under investigation, said Acree.

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria suspended Layden on Thursday from all pastoral duties. The diocese is cooperating with police in the investigation.

Layden was assigned to the Normal parish from 2003 to 2005 and assisted at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Downs. He taught at Central Catholic High School, Bloomington, before leaving for the Urbana student center.

Layden, a native of Hoopeston, was ordained in 2001 and has served at churches in the Quad Cities and Ottawa.




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