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Priest to be Released from Prison

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A Roman Catholic priest arrested on federal firearm charges last week is being released from prison.

A detention hearing was held Thursday for the Rev. Paul Gotta, who was charged with aiding and abetting the unlawful transport of a firearm and the purchase of a handgun by a juvenile. The U.S. Attorney’s office says he will be released Friday on $500,000 bond and confined to his sister’s Bridgeport home.

Documents in the case were sealed.

A telephone message was left with Gotta’s attorney.

Police are also investigating a complaint of alleged child sexual abuse against Gotta that prompted the Archdiocese of Hartford to place Gotta on paid leave this month.
Gotta, administrator of St. Philip and St. Catherine churches in East Windsor, has not been charged in that case.

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