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« on: October 24, 2007, 03:37:05 PM »

Blanco County monk guilty of child sex abuse

Web Posted: 10/24/2007 02:19 PM CDT

Zeke MacCormack Express-News staff writer

JOHNSON CITY -- A jury here found former monk William Hughes guilty on all four counts of sexual assault of a child after 75 minutes of deliberation today.
Arguments in the punishment phase will begin at 2 p.m.. Hughes showed no emotion as the verdict was ready by state District Judge Dan Mills.

In closing arguments, defense attorney Eddie Shell didn't dispute his client had sex with the victims, now age 29 and 26, in the mid 1990s when they were novice monks at Christ of the Hills Monastery near Blanco. But Shell said it was unclear from testimony whether the sex had occurred before they reached the age of consent.

Daniel Uballe, who was dismissed as an alternate juror when the testimony ended, said the state proved its case convincingly.

He said the monks "baited" and exploited the boys with kindness and pot. "I didn't have no idea they were bringing children and baiting them and abusing them," said the longtime Blanco resident.

James "Bart" Wright, the older of the two victims, called the verdict "great." The other victim, who was not identified, declined comment. Hughes declined comment.

Prosecutor Cheryl Nelson called Hughes the enforcer of the deviant desires of monastery founder Samuel A. Greene Jr., who died last month.

"You heard evidence these sexual assaults occurred numerous times over a long period of time to both of these two gentlemen," Nelson said.

Hughes is the second monk convicted of sexually abusing novices at the monastery outside Blanco. Johnathan Hitt was convicted at trial of indecency in 1999 and is serving a 10-year prison sentence.

While not convicted, Greene, 63, pleaded guilty to indecency in 2000. Under a plea deal, he got 10 years deferred adjudication.


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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2007, 05:16:04 PM »

The thread discussing whether or not one can be a "former" monk is here:


For those who need more background information on the story, or wish to engage in serious debate, should check out this listing of other relevant threads dealing with the Blanco monastery:

Blanco monastery guest guilty of child molestation

Blanco founder commits suicide

Monks' Deception: Drugs and Sex at Texas monastery

Handling Pedaphiles in the Church

Christ of the Hills Monastery

Police raid monastery, accuse 5 monks of sexual assault

Suspect Found Among Monks

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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2007, 12:08:29 PM »

Additional news update noted that:

 " Blanco County jury sentenced a former monk to 80 years in prison Wednesday for four counts of sexual assault on a minor.

The jury of 10 men and two women took just more than an hour to convict William Hughes, a former Russian Orthodox monk.

KXAN Austin News spoke exclusively with one of the victims, who wanted to share his thoughts after watching Hughes walk into jail.

"He took advantage of innocence, of purity, of boys, young men, giving their life, who thought they were giving their life to God," said James Bartlett Wright Jr.

Hughes will be eligible for parole in 40 years" 

Complete article is available  at  www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=7255115&nav=menu73_9

The  convicted  basically got a  Life sentence as he will be over 90 when eligible for parole.

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