Texas — Wanna talk about one evil prick? Check this out. A Catholic priest out on bond on charges he sexually abused a teen boy has now been charged with attempting to hire someone to kill the teen. Rev. John M. Fiala, 52, met the teen back in 2007, often visiting him at his grandparent’s house. Authorities say he initially groomed the teen with gifts like a cell phone, MP3 player, and even cash for a car. In 2008 during a trip to a youth event, Fiala raped the teen at gunpoint in a motel room. Fiala then began abusing the teen twice a month, sometimes on church grounds, under the guise of private catechism lessons. Even though the boy was in his late teens, Fiala would keep him submissive and silent by threatening to harm his family or his girlfriend if he told anyone. He would repeat these threats with daily text messages where Fiala would also threaten to kill him and himself so they would go to heaven together. The teen finally had enough and told a school counselor about the abuse he was suffering and Fiala was eventually arrested and indicted on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated sexual assault by threat. He posted bail in September.
While out, a neighbor of his contacted police claiming Fiala had offered him $5,000 to get rid of his problems by killing the teen, now 18-years-old. A sting was set up by The Department of Public Safety and its Texas Ranger Division who sent a undercover agent to speak with Fiala. They captured Fiala, on video and audiotape, offering the agent money to kill the teenager. Fiala was arrested and had one count of criminal solicitation to commit capital murder added to his list of charges. He was placed back in jail on $700,000 bond. Good luck in prison, Fiala, I’m sure your new neighbors are just gonna love you to death.
The teen and his family have also filed a lawsuit against Fiala as well as the archdioceses of San Antonio, Texas, and Omaha, Nebraska and Fiala’s religious order, the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, claiming they should have known what a danger Fiala was and accuses them of covering up his abuse. “He’s a dangerous predator and has been since at least 1988,” said Tom Rhodes, the teen’s attorney. “The church has known how dangerous this guy is for many, many years. They had full knowledge, we believe, and the documents seem to bear that out — that they knew what a bad person he was and what a danger he was to children.”Tags: Catholic, Crime, Pedophile, priest, religion, Sexual Assault, Texas