Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Another Priest, With Gambling Habit, Admits To Large Theft

by Gary Snyder

A Roman Catholic priest is scheduled to appear in court to answer to charges that he stole more than $230,000 from the Northborough parish where he served as pastor to support a gambling habit.
The Rev. Stephen Gemme, former pastor of St. Bernadette, faces arraignment in Worcester Superior Court following his indictment by a grand jury last week on five counts of larceny
The Worcester Diocese announced last October that Gemme had stolen from two accounts since 2008. 

Gemme acknowledged a gambling problem and offered his resignation, which was accepted, according to a letter to parishioners.
Gemme was granted a medical leave of absence and placed in residential treatment.
It appeared that Gemme used more than $110,000 in school funds and more than $120,000 of parish funds ‘‘for personal expenditures unrelated to the parish or school,’’ Worcester Bishop Robert McManus wrote. (source)



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