Priest points musket at boy over football
LITTLE FERRY — A priest accused of pointing a functioning but unloaded musket at an 8-year-old boy in a church’s rectory will plead not guilty, his lawyer said, explaining it as a joke spurred by the rivalry between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys.
The Rev. Kevin Carter was arraigned Tuesday on charges of child endangerment and aggravated assault by pointing a firearm.the priest, who was charged last week and is free on $15 000 cash bail, expressed concern on Monday for any “trauma” that publicity from the case may have caused the boy and his family. But in a statement issued by his lawyer, the 54-yearold priest said he was “confident” he would be vindicated.
The charges against Carter stem from a Sept. 13 incident at St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church in Little Ferry. carter, an avid Giants fan, and the boy, who roots for the Cowboys, were talking about football. The NFL teams were scheduled to play that night.
Prosecutor John Molinelli said Carter asked the boy to step into one of the rectory’s rooms and stand against a wall, where he pointed the musket at him.
A parishioner reported the incident to the Archdiocese of Newark late last month, and officials there notified prosecutors. — AP