Abuse priest John Fiala ‘tried to have victim killed’
A DISGRACED Catholic priest has been charged with attempting to hire a hitman to murder a teenage boy who accused him of sexual assault.
John Fiala, 52, was arrested in Texas after an undercover agent posing as a contract killer was allegedly approached by the suspended priest last week.
The priest had been removed from active ministry in October 2008 after information was passed to the church by law-enforcement officers, but he was not charged with sexual assault at the time.
Earlier this year, the boy filed a series of lawsuits claiming he was raped at gunpoint by Father Fiala, and accusing the Catholic Church in Texas of covering up the priest’s behaviour.