Tuesday, March 1, 2016

‘Sex slave’ priest swears: ‘I kept my vow of chastity’ | New York Post

Alleged S&M priest Peter Miqueli never broke his vow of celibacy and is a “man of faith” who wants to return to the altar, his attorney said.

The Catholic cleric — who resigned as pastor of his Bronx church after The Post revealed that he was accused of pilfering $1 million in parish funds to pay for bondage sessions with a slave master — denies he engaged in kinky sex or stole any money, said lawyer James Pascarella.

“Absolutely no theft. The sexual allegations are completely untrue,” Pascarella said. “He loves what he does, and he wants to be a priest . . . He’s never violated his vows.”

The 52-year-old priest is being smeared by “unreliable sources” and a “small group of parishioners who don’t care for him,” Pascarella said.

Miqueli “knows” Keith Crist, the 41-year-old hardbody alleged to have been his slave master, but “it’s not a sexual relationship,” the lawyer said.

The New York Archdiocese said it had not substantiated allegations that Miqueli stole church funds and turned the findings of its probe over to the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, which was still investigating.
Pascarella predicted Miqueli would soon be restored to the good graces of the church and resume his priestly duties.

“He did nothing wrong,” the lawyer said. “Our expectation is that he will be assigned somewhere else.”

‘Sex slave’ priest swears: ‘I kept my vow of chastity’ | New York Post

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