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Rev. Kevin J. Gray, a Roman Catholic Connecticut priest was accused of stealing, $1.3 million of the churches money, which was used for male escorts, expensive clothing and luxury hotels and restaurants.

Gray, a former pastor at Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon Parish in Waterbury, was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny.  Gray used the funds to stay at upscale hotels such as the Waldorf-Astoria and on expensive clothing labels.   He had also paid the college tuition and rent of two men he had met.

The Archdiocese called for a police investigation after they discovered that Gray may have taken more than a million dollars for personal use.  The funds which are supposed to be used for insurance premiums and other debts, was used to finance Gray’s lavish lifestyle. The money involved a combination of parish savings and money that should have been used to pay certain debts, such as insurance premiums.

The Archdiocese of Hartford released a statement saying that “We are deeply saddened by the events which have recently had such a profound affect on Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon parish.”

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