Thursday, September 29, 2005


Married Priest Accused of Beating Wife

Morristown, NJ - Grand jurors in Morris County have upgraded charges against a married Roman Catholic priest who is accused of beating his wife.

The panel indicted the Reverend William Winston on two counts of aggravated assault yesterday.

The 51-year-old cleric had been charged with simple assault and domestic violence.

Winston has been on leave from Saint Virgil's Roman Catholic Parish in Morris Township since his arrest in November. The priest allegedly threw his wife to the floor in the church rectory and kicked her.

The Roman Catholic Church allows married priests from other religions who convert to Catholicism to stay married. Winston had been a priest in the Episcopal Church.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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