Monster in the Church: Liberal priest arrested for child porn wanted to ‘rape and kill’ children


This post first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds

On February 2, 2018, Fr. W. Thomas Faucher, a retired priest from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Boise, Idaho, who had fought against child sex abuse in the Catholic church, was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail — charged with ten counts of sexual exploitation of children, two counts of distributing sexually exploitative material involving minors, and with drug possession.

According to a prosecutor, in email and chat conversations viewed by investigators, Faucher had expressed a desire to “rape and kill children”.

Rev. W. Thomas Faucher

After receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, authorities obtained a warrant to search Faucher’s rented home, where they found hundreds of images of young children subjected to sexual acts, as well as marijuana, LSD and ecstasy.

A judge set Faucher’s bail at $250,000 during the arraignment hearing, ordered Faucher to have no contact with children, and barred him from accessing the internet.

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But his attorney, Mark Manweiler, pressed for Faucher’s release, arguing that despite having been around “tens of thousands” of children in the priest’s more than 40-year career, there has never been a claim of abuse or impropriety — “He is well-liked and well-known. He counts among his good friends people at the highest level of both branches, both of state government and our local government and some judicial officials here in Ada County.”

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