Priest faces trial in $800,000 theft

March 19, 2008 4:16:45 PM PDT
A priest charged with stealing more than $800,000 from two Catholic institutions has waived an evidence hearing.

Prosecutors say the Rev. Charles Newman used some of the money to pay a student he allegedly molested with drugs and alcohol.

Newman is a former principal at Archbishop Ryan, the largest high school in the Philadelphia archdiocese.

City prosecutors say he stole about $330,000 from the high school and $550,000 from his religious order, the Franciscan Friars.

The 58-year-old Newman and defense lawyer Frank DeSimone declined comment after the brief hearing Wednesday.

Newman now lives at a Franciscan retirement home in Wisconsin.