Former Massachusetts Episcopal Priest Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Possessing Child Porn

Greg Lisby

A former Massachusetts Episcopal priest has been sentenced to six years of prison after being found guilty of possessing 200 videos and images of child pornography.

Gregory Lisby, a 41-year-old former clergyman with the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, was sentenced on Sept. 18 by U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Hillman.

The sentence of six years was below the suggested “low-end” sentence of 11 years, which had been requested by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Noto, reported the Telegram & Gazette.

It was also revealed that Lisby had had sexual contact with a 16-year-old boy. However, he was not charged with a crime as 16 is the age of consent in Massachusetts.

The Rev. Vicki Ix, diocesan spokesperson, said she did not know if the minor was the same boy mentioned in a diocese press release from earlier this year as having been allegedly abused by Lisby.

“The court has not shared with the diocese any information about the identity of the minor being discussed at Mr. Lisby’s sentencing hearing,” Ix told the Telegram & Gazette.

Lisby previously served as rector of Christ Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey, from 2010 to 2015 before being transferred to the Diocese of Western Massachusetts.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski

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