NY Priest Embezzled $1 Million For ‘Drug Fueled Sex Romps’ With Male Escort

NY Priest Embezzled $1 Million For ‘Drug Fueled Sex Romps’ With Male Escort December 13, 2015

The hypocrisy, the corruption, and the cover-up is the same, but at least this time everyone involved was a consenting adult.

Father Peter Miqueli, a 53-year-old New York City priest, embezzled $1 million in collection-plate donations to pay for drug-fueled sex romps with a heavily muscled male escort according to a report issued by the New York Daily News.

As a result of the damning allegations and a pending lawsuit, Father Miqueli resigned his position at St. Francis de Chantal church in the Bronx. During Saturday evening mass, a letter was read announcing his resignation to all the parishioners. Miqueli wrote in the letter:

I have made the decision to step aside from my position as Pastor of this parish while this unfortunate and regrettable situation is investigated.

As one might expect from the Catholic church, in addition to the original crime, there was also a cover-up. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan is accused of covering up the theft of over $1 million in church donations to pay for “drug-fueled sex romps” with the male escort identified as  Keith Crist.

In a lawsuit, parishioners claim Father Miqueli used the embezzled funds to act out unholy fantasies as a sexual “slave,” blowing $1,000 at a time on bondage-and-discipline sessions where a “homosexual sex ‘master’ ” — identified in court papers as Keith Crist — “would force Father Miqueli to drink Keith Crist’s urine.”

Fox News reports Miqueli also spent $60,000 in 2012 alone for “illicit and prescription drugs” he used with Crist, bought a $264,000 home in Brick, NJ, and paid $1,075.50 a month for his master’s East Harlem apartment.

The suit, which was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday, also charges that the Archdiocese of New York and Cardinal Dolan knew about Miqueli’s “illegal scheme” and did nothing to stop it.

***** UPDATE *****

Miqueli was forced to resign, but the disgraced priest was cleared of all criminal charges after a controversial investigation by the church. However, conservative Catholics are angry that Miqueli did not face criminal charges and continue to accuse Cardinal Timothy Dolan and other church officials of a cover-up.

Father Peter Miqueli (Image via Screen Grab)
Father Peter Miqueli (Image via Screen Grab)
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