Breaking News

Sen. Bob Menendez to resign from office Aug. 20 following corruption conviction

Judge slaps Rumson priest with five-year prison sentence for theft

(06/02/06) FREEHOLD ? A judge sentenced former Holy Cross Pastor Father Joseph Hughes to five years in prison Friday for his theft of church funds. Hughes has admitted to stealing $75,000 from the church.

News 12 Staff

Jun 2, 2006, 10:57 PM

Updated 6,625 days ago

Share:

(06/02/06) FREEHOLD ? A judge sentenced former Holy Cross Pastor Father Joseph Hughes to five years in prison Friday for his theft of church funds.
Hughes has admitted to stealing $75,000 from the church. However, prosecutors say that figure is probably closer to $2 million. They say Hughes spent the money on sports cars, vacations, expensive restaurants and a giant birthday party for himself. Hughes pleaded guilty of theft by deception and tax evasion.
The priest had asked the judge for leniency based on health reasons and his 16 years of service to Holy Cross parishioners. However, the judge stated Hughes? actions had caused many people to lose faith in the church. According to the judge, the consequences of Hughes? theft warrants a harsher sentence.
 


More from News 12
0:36
Sen. Bob Menendez to resign from office Aug. 20 following corruption conviction

Sen. Bob Menendez to resign from office Aug. 20 following corruption conviction

2:16
Mostly cloudy today in New Jersey; possible rain showers this evening

Mostly cloudy today in New Jersey; possible rain showers this evening

1:44
'Everything is ruined.' Clifton residents near Route 3 fatal crash site raise concerns over spilled chemicals

'Everything is ruined.' Clifton residents near Route 3 fatal crash site raise concerns over spilled chemicals

1:18
Monmouth University lockdown prompted by threatening email lifted

Monmouth University lockdown prompted by threatening email lifted

0:31
Son finds his mom stabbed to death in their Edison home; suspect charged with murder

Son finds his mom stabbed to death in their Edison home; suspect charged with murder

0:43
Secret Service director steps down after assassination attempt against ex-President Trump at rally

Secret Service director steps down after assassination attempt against ex-President Trump at rally

0:34
Toms River cuts Silverton EMS services

Toms River cuts Silverton EMS services

0:20
Health officials: West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis detected in Cape May County

Health officials: West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis detected in Cape May County

0:31
Police: South Jersey pet groomer charged with animal cruelty following death of 3-year-old dog

Police: South Jersey pet groomer charged with animal cruelty following death of 3-year-old dog

0:39
Are the Philadelphia 76ers considering move to New Jersey?

Are the Philadelphia 76ers considering move to New Jersey?

0:27
New York, New Jersey & Delaware sued for failing to protect endangered Atlantic sturgeon

New York, New Jersey & Delaware sued for failing to protect endangered Atlantic sturgeon

1:46
What you should know about a deadly nationwide listeria outbreak linked to deli meat

What you should know about a deadly nationwide listeria outbreak linked to deli meat

0:56
Jersey Proud: Photographer makes it his mission to take photos of every Catholic cathedral in the US

Jersey Proud: Photographer makes it his mission to take photos of every Catholic cathedral in the US

0:48
Senate Ethics Committee starts review of Sen. Bob Menendez's conduct following bribery conviction

Senate Ethics Committee starts review of Sen. Bob Menendez's conduct following bribery conviction

0:22
Wife of New York Yankees executive dies after being found unresponsive at home

Wife of New York Yankees executive dies after being found unresponsive at home

AP survey: Harris has enough delegate support to become the Democratic Party nominee

AP survey: Harris has enough delegate support to become the Democratic Party nominee

Police: Man faces charges for cutting head off seagull at the Jersey Shore

Police: Man faces charges for cutting head off seagull at the Jersey Shore

0:25
Seaside Park man arrested for fatal hit-and-run

Seaside Park man arrested for fatal hit-and-run

0:43
Officials: Firefighter injured battling house fire in Bayonne

Officials: Firefighter injured battling house fire in Bayonne

1:13
‘Palpable excitement.’ Rep. Sherrill expresses support for VP Harris’ presidential campaign

‘Palpable excitement.’ Rep. Sherrill expresses support for VP Harris’ presidential campaign