It wasn’t enough for Texas’ Catholic priest John M. Fiala to (allegedly) molest a teenage boy in 2008. Now he’s gone and (allegedly) tried to have him killed. No homo.
Fiala is now sitting in a Dallas prison after being arrested trying to arrange a hit with what turned out to be an undercover cop, all in an effort to keep his victim from talking.
A DPS investigation began Nov. 11, when a neighbor of Fiala tipped off Edwards County Sheriff Don Letsinger. “I received a call from an unnamed informant who was having problems with the way Fiala was acting,” the sheriff said. The neighbor “had been solicited (to commit the murder) himself, and he didn’t want anything to do with that,” Letsinger said. Fiala reportedly offered the neighbor $5,000 to kill the teen, the sheriff said. […] The Texas Rangers and Department of Public Safety troopers arrested Fiala on Thursday after he negotiated a murder arrangement with an undercover officer at his residence in Garland, DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said. […] Fiala had been living in Dallas County since he was released from Edwards County Jail after posting $100,000 bail Sept. 27. A fugitive task force arrested him in Kansas on the Edwards County charges, and he was extradited to Texas in September.
The boy’s attorney doesn’t sound surprised: His client says the priest — who served at the Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in West Texas — threatened him with violence and murder before. Which is how Fiala apparently likes it — he was indicted on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child after holding the boy at gunpoint while he allegedly raped him. Twice. [Houston Chronicle, AP]