A Roman Catholic priest, John Fiala, was named in April in a lawsuit filed by a boy's family, who accused Fiala of molesting the youth, including twice forcing him to have sex at gunpoint.
The abuse allegedly took place in 2007 and 2008, when Fiala was a priest at the Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in the West Texas community of Rocksprings, a rural enclave known for sheep and goat herding (no I did not make that up).
Well Fiala isn't just any molesting Priest. He thinks big.
The 52-year-old clergyman was arrested Nov. 18 on charges that he solicited a hit man to kill a teenager who had accused him of sexual abuse. Authorities said John Fiala first offered the job to a neighbor, who blew the whistle and helped police arrange a sting. They said Fiala got as far as negotiating a $5,000 price for the slaying before investigators moved in.
As far back as 2008, Fiala threatened the teen, and repeatedly brandished a pistol, said San Antonio attorney Tom Rhodes, who represents the family. Fiala "began saying, 'If you tell anyone, I'll hurt you. I'll hurt your family, your girlfriend,'" Rhodes said. "It was more than once he threatened him with a gun."
Fiala is charged with one count of solicitation to commit capital murder and two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
San Antonio Archdiocese spokesman Pat Rodgers said Fiala has been removed from the public ministry, meaning he cannot present himself as a priest.
Fiala used the pretext of private catechism lessons to be alone with the boy, Rhodes said, and in 2008 took the teen to a youth event in the town of San Angelo, Texas, during which he raped him in a motel room at gunpoint.
What is it with Catholic Priest and Texas? Texas and its love of guns and Catholic Priest ... and you know.