A former Catholic priest in Boise, Idaho has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole. Investigators found more than 2,500 images of what they called the most disturbing child pornography they had ever seen.
With this sentencing now complete, it “brings to a close one of the most difficult cases the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit has ever investigated,” said Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. He added that, “The nature of the evidence uncovered was extremely disturbing.”
The priest who was sentenced, Reverend W. Thomas Faucher, 73-years-old, pleaded guilty to five felony counts in September. On Thursday of last week he was sentenced in court. He served as a priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Boise, where he was originally ordained back in 1971, but he retired back in 2015.
He pleaded guilty to five felony counts, but he was initially charged with 21 counts of felony sexual exploitation of a child, one count of felony possession of a controlled substance for having LSD and two counts of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance for having marijuana and ecstasy.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of sexually exploitative material, two counts of possession of sexually exploitative materials and one count of drug possession.
The investigation into Faucher started in late 2017 when an anonymous online tip was received by investigators regarding two pornographic images involving children sent from the priest’s email account.
Judge Jason Scott, when sentencing Faucher, spoke about Faucher's fantasies about raping and killing young children. Scott said that Faucher preferred pornography that showed extreme violence against children. This was all discovered through a thorough investigation of Faucher's emails, chat history, and Dropbox account.
In addition to his sick sexual fantasies regarding children, investigators discovered when reviewing his online chat history that Faucher was also mixing his own urine into the sacramental communion wine at his church.
During the sentencing hearing, Faucher said, “I was one really sick puppy. I screwed up big time … I feel so much remorse and anger.”
Faucher will be claiming his "Understatement of the Year" award in prison.
He also said that, despite the charges, "I need to be doing something good. I need to be out there, I need to be out, making up for the things I have done in the past." Faucher, trying to make a deal to avoid prison, said that “There are many people who will benefit if I am no longer in jail. There are no people who will benefit if I am in jail or in prison.”
Uhhh... a lot of people will benefit if you are in jail, dude. Fewer people will unwittingly be drinking your urine, and you will be unable to support horrifically violent child pornography. Sooo... yeah, get ready for a long prison sentence.
The local diocese stated they would be making the necessary arrangements to have Faucher defrocked. In their statement they said, “The volumes of shocking information that the law enforcement investigation uncovered reveal the heinous nature of child pornography and the tragic impact upon its victims. While we cannot begin to fathom what brought Faucher to the point that he was able to enter into this evil and dark world, we are thankful for the efforts of the law enforcement community in doing what it can to protect our children from these crimes.”
Faucher, at 73, is unlikely to ever set foot outside of prison again. His 25-year sentence might as well be a death sentence. But given his involvement in the endorsement and spread of violent child pornography, I cannot feel pity for him. The Catholic Church is in the midst of its most fearsome reckoning in modern history, and Faucher might as well be the poster-boy for why we need it.
Thankfully, Faucher will rot away in prison.