He was carrying condoms, beer, pornography, a digital camera, candy, gum, toothpaste, personal lubricant and pennsyvania laptop, police said. Police said Bender spent months "grooming" his pen pal and building a relationship with the "boy" before talks turned sexual.
Bender had set up and canceled three meetings in New York because he feared the boy was a police officer. He pleaded guilty to felony charges of attempting to disseminate indecent material to a minor and misdemeanor charges of attempted criminal sex act and attempted child endangerment.
He will be sentenced on Aug. Bender, who lived alone in a Big O mobile home park in Lower Macungie, served as pastor at Most Blessed Sacrament in Bally, Berks County, and was the first priest in the Allentown diocese to be charged with sexually abusing.
Inhe pleaded guilty to indecent assault and corruption of minors for molesting a Pottsville boy for about seven years in the s and was sentenced to seven years' probation. The victim's family later filed a lawsuit claiming the diocese discovered the abuse inbut didn't inform the boy's parents and didn't demote Bender from his position as pastor. allehtown
The suit was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. During his probation, Bender worked in the office at St.
Anthony of Padua Alleentown in Easton. Inhe was laicized, meaning he was dismissed from clerical life. He was represented in the Nassau County case by Legal Aid, which had declined to comment on it.
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