Priest accused of stealing due back in court

July 18, 2010 2:07:44 PM PDT
A Roman Catholic priest in Connecticut is due back in court to face charges he stole $1.3 million in church money over seven years to use for male escorts, expensive clothing and luxury hotels and restaurants.

Waterbury police said the Rev. Kevin J. Gray, former pastor at Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon Parish in Waterbury, was charged July 6 with first-degree larceny. He's scheduled to be arraigned in Waterbury Superior Court Wednesday.

A telephone message was left Friday for the 64-year-old Gray at the public defender's office.

Gray had been Sacred Heart's pastor from January 2003 until April 15, when he was granted a medical leave. He was later suspended.