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Priest In Child Sex Abuse Case Now Faces Weapons Charges

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A Roman Catholic priest already under investigation over a complaint of alleged child sexual abuse has been arrested on federal firearms charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said Friday that the Rev. Paul Gotta is charged with aiding and abetting the unlawful transport of a firearm and the purchase of a handgun by a juvenile.

Gotta’s attorney, Moira Buckley, declined to comment.

Gotta is detained pending a detention hearing next week. Documents in the case are sealed.

Gotta, administrator of St. Philip and St. Catherine churches in East Windsor, was placed on paid leave last week by the Archdiocese of Hartford pending the outcome of the police investigation into the sex abuse complaint. He has not been charged in that case.

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