Cops: Priest pilfered funds for porn buys

Pat McMahon Contributor

A Catholic priest charged with stealing $83,000 from his Massachusetts parish spent a large portion of the money on his pornography habit, according to police.

Rev. Keith LeBlanc, 59, was removed earlier this year from his pastor’s post at St. John the Baptist Church in the face of an investigation by the Archdiocese of Boston. That review (and a subsequent police probe) determined that LeBlanc used church funds to pay for online porn and pay-per-view adult movies ordered from the St. John’s rectory.

According to a Haverhill Police Department report, LeBlanc told a lawyer for the archdiocese that he “has an addiction and needs help.” Records obtained by investigators show that LeBlanc used a specific credit card for his online porn purchases, and that card had a whopping $25,000 balance. A review of Comcast bills showed that more than $4000 worth of adult movies were ordered, with the films starting “the day Father LeBlanc came to the parish.”

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