View Full Version : Priest bagged for growing POT in Rectory

02-06-2004, 10:45 PM
Holy Roller /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

AKRON, Ohio(AP) A Roman Catholic priest accused of growing marijuana in his church living quarters pleaded innocent Friday.

The Rev. Richard A. Arko, 40, said nothing in Summit County Magistrate Court. He is free on a $3,000 signature bond.

He was charged Jan. 22 with illegal cultivation of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony. On Wednesday, an indictment also charged him with possession of criminal tools and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

If convicted, Arko faces one to two years in jail and up to $5,250 in fines.

Police seized 35 pots of marijuana plants, rolling papers, a rolling machine, grinder and scissors from the Prince of Peace Church rectory, prosecutors say.

After the arrest, church officials put the priest on paid leave and said Arko won't be allowed to return to his duties in the parish after the case is resolved.

Norton police arrested Arko after they searched the living quarters in Barberton, about eight miles southwest of Akron.

02-07-2004, 01:07 PM
I guess this is a better alternative than little boys.


Harold Acosta
02-07-2004, 04:12 PM
He messed it up with the 35 pots of plants. He should have keep only about 5 for his own use.....LOL

....and what the heck is a 5th degree felony? The case should have been thrown out.... /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif

.....then again, I'm no lawyer.... /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

Also, wondering who snitched on him.... /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif

Ralph S.
02-07-2004, 06:27 PM
Roll, roll, roll your joint tightly to its ends...take a puff, thats enough...pass it to your friends. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif

02-09-2004, 09:19 AM
Come one..the 8 year old snitched on him after he escaped...duh! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

02-09-2004, 10:09 AM
At least he didn't get busted for bagging alter boys in the rec................oh forget it /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif