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Judge rejects retired Boise priest’s request for lower bail

UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 11:01 a.m.

The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, center, appears in court, where he chose to wave his preliminary hearing Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho. (Darin Oswald / AP)
The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, center, appears in court, where he chose to wave his preliminary hearing Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho. (Darin Oswald / AP)

BOISE – A judge has refused to reduce the $1 million bail set for a retired Boise priest facing child pornography charges.

The Idaho Statesman reported that the judge on Friday made the decision after hearing arguments that Rev. W. Thomas Faucher was role-playing with a fellow author in an online chatroom conversation.

Police said the chatroom conversation involved the 72-year-old Faucher saying he wanted to rape and kill children.

Faucher’s attorney, Mark Manweiler, said a man from Brazil contacted Faucher to get his help writing a book and they discussed all kinds of scenarios, including child abuse.

But 4th District Court Judge Jason Scott said evidence from Faucher’s computer and cellphone show Faucher can’t be safely released.


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