Six months after the Rev. Gerald M. Connolly was assigned to SCI Cresson as chaplain, he allegedly began to have sexual encounters with an inmate. Connolly lost his job there on Jan. 16, 2007. There were approximately five encounters, dating back to September 2006. The incidents took place during the inmate's counseling sessions with Connolly, in the prison chapel. He has been charged with 12 counts of institutional sexual assault and five counts of taking contraband into the prison, allegedly alcohol for the inmate.
But according to Sandra K. Reabuck, writing for the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, the inmate, William Victor is not blameless in this case. He is now being charged with extortion; he allegedly told the priest that he had tape-recorded one of their "sessions" and would take it public if he did not pay. Victor accepted nearly $7,600 in hush money from Connolly. The extortion charge will likely lengthen his already long sentence (42 years and nine months to 86 years and six months) for a 2001 conviction of sexual assault and robbery.
Prison seeking new chaplain after priest sex scandal [Tribune-Democrat]