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Suspended Priest Charged with Sex Assault

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File photo of a person in handcuffs. (Photo by HEIKO JUNGE/AFP/Getty Images)

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ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ A suspended Connecticut priest charged in a federal firearms and explosives case has been arrested on allegations he sexually assaulted a minor.

The Rev. Paul Gotta was arrested Monday by East Windsor police on seven sexual assault charges. Police say the assaults took place over the span of a year beginning in January 2012.

Gotta is detained on $100,000 bail. His lawyer didn’t immediately return a message Tuesday.

Gotta was administrator of St. Philip and St. Catherine churches in East Windsor when the Archdiocese of Hartford suspended him last year when the sexual assault allegations surfaced.

He also was arrested by federal authorities last year on charges including illegally transferring a gun, ammunition and explosive material to a juvenile. Jury selection in that case is set to begin in May.

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