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Retired Boise priest denies possessing child pornography

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)
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BOISE – A retired Boise priest is denying he possessed or distributed child pornography.

KTVB-TV reported Rev. W. Thomas Faucher pleaded not guilty Friday in 4th District Court to 18 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of distribution of child pornography and three counts of drug possession.

His trial is set for August.

The 72-year-old retired priest is being held in the Ada County Jail on $1 million bond. He served as pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Boise until 2014. He was arrested in February.

Prosecutors said Faucher was in possession of more than 2,000 images and videos of child pornography with some depicting the rape and torture of children.

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