Catholic Priest Sentenced In Child Porn Case

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A Catholic priest with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno has been sentenced, following a “No Contest” plea for child pornography possession charges.

The Diocese released a statement Tuesday afternoon, announcing the news involving Robert E. Gamel. Gamel, according to the statement released by the Diocese, Gamel pled “No Contest” to felony charges of possessing child pornography, on March 11.

According to officials with the Merced County District Attorney’s Office, Gamel was sentenced to four years probation, and 11 months in jail, to be served at the discretion of the Sheriff’s Department.

In addition, Gamel will be required to register as a sex offender, for the rest of his life, according to officials.

According to the statement, the Diocese is preparing to start a canonical investigation that will review all aspects of the case, as it relates to Church Law. The Diocese, according to the statement, will be required to maintain confidentiality until a final determination is made, in regards to Game;’s clerical status.

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