Former Priest Arrested for Child Sex Abuse

CHARLTON, N.Y. (NEWS10) - A former Washington County priest has been arrested after he’s accused of sexually abusing a child in Charlton.

Michael Hands faces a nine count indictment with charges including criminal sex act and using a child in sexual performance.

He is accused of reaching out to the victims over the internet.

Hands is already a registered sex offender from a previous conviction out of Suffolk County.

At this point, officials do not believe there are any other victims but if there are they want them to call police immediately.


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