Pri­est in Ge­or­gia jailed over child porn pic­tures

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A DIO­CESE of Ge­or­gia rec­tor has been sen­tenced to three years im­pris­on­ment and 10 years pro­ba­tion for pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy.

On 30 March an Eff­in­g­ham County Court passed sen­tence on the Rev Bruce Fehr, for­mer rec­tor of St Fran­cis of the Is­lands Epis­co­pal Church on Wilm­ing­ton Is­land near Sa­van­nah.

Act­ing upon a search war­rant, on 23 April 2015 the South­east Ge­or­gia Child Ex­ploita­tion Task Force raided Behr’s home and seized his com­puter.

Fehr and his wife, the Rev Lori Fehr— the as­sis­tant rec­tor at St Fran­cis — are 2013 grad­u­ates of the School of The­ol­ogy of the Univer­sity of the South and were or­dained to the priest­hood in Oc­to­ber 2013.

Fol­low­ing sen­tenc­ing the Bishop of Ge­or­gia, the Rt Rev Scott Ben­hase re­leased a state­ment say­ing: “I am greatly sad­dened and an­gered by his crime. All chil­dren de­serve the right to be free of such ex­ploita­tion and we all should work to end such hor­rific prac­tices.

“The Dio­cese will now be­gin our own process ad­dress­ing the Rev­erend Fehr’s con­duct.”

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