Prosecution deferred in priest pornography case

FLATHEAD COUNTY

Associated Press
POSTED: 1:07 PM Jan 08 2013
CHURCH ABUSE
KALISPELL, Mont. -

Flathead County prosecutors have reached a three-year deferred prosecution agreement with a retired Roman Catholic Priest who was charged in a child pornography case last February.
    
The agreement with the Rev. Rudy Bullman allows a felony sexual abuse of children charge to be dismissed if he meets several conditions, including attending counseling and a spiritual support group and having his computer checked for pornography every six months.
    
Bullman was a priest at Risen Christ Parish in Evergreen for about 10 years. He was placed on administrative leave in December 2011 after someone who bought a game system from him reported finding pornographic images of boys.
    
Diocese of Helena spokeswoman Renee St. Martin Wizeman said Tuesday that Bullman retired in March 2012 and has no active ministry duties.