A NJ Priest Blames God And Poker Losses For His Collection Of Child Porn

  • Father Kevin Gugliotta has been convicted of possessing child porn and will serve 11½ to 23½ months
  • He blames God and his gambling addiction for his pedophilia
Kevin Gugliotta (POLICE PHOTO)

Newark, New Jersey priest, Father Kevin Gugliotta was once a hell of a poker player. According to The Hendon Mob, he’s racked up $202,365 in live earnings and ranks as 4,530th on the U.S. all time money list.

Revenge Against God

But when Father Kevin found himself on a losing streak,  it wasn’t long before he started looking to the Divine for answers. According to him, when he got none, he did what any sensible man of the cloth would do—he downloaded a bunch of child porn. That’s his story, anyway.

The investigation into Gugliotta started in August 2016 when police in Monroe County, Pennsylvania were tipped off on an uploaded image of child pornography to a chat room from Gugliotta’s IP address. From there, police were able to track down Gugliotta in New Jersey and extradited him to Pennsylvania.

After getting busted, Gugliotta told officials he indeed committed the crime, but he had good reason—to get back at God, who he felt was causing him to lose poker tournaments.

Gugliotta, a resident of  New Jersey and Pennsylvania at the time of his arrest, was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 1/2 months in prison. Upon his release, he must register as a sex offender for the next 25 years. Since he has already spent ten months in jail, he could be released as early as October 2017.

Support From The Church

Father Gabriel Costa, a colleague of Gugliotta’s, showed up to support his friend. “That was a surprising thing in the court, for sure,” said Costa. “People do things under stress they normally wouldn’t do.” Costa stated that Gugliotta has used the time in jail as a kind of “retreat” during which time he’s fasted and “prayed a lot.”

Gugliotta had been in hot water before, and the Vatican was quite aware of his pedophilia issues.

In 2003, he was accused of sex assaults which occurred in the mid-1980s, when he wasn’t yet an ordained Catholic priest. Back then, he was a private-sector engineer and Boy Scout leader. In the eyes of the Vatican, church law, also known as canon law, prevented Gugliotta from being punished for something he might have done as a layman. Just a year later, he was quietly reinstated, free of restrictions on his ministry, and served for years in various parishes, including a long stint as chaplain to a youth group.

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