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The Rev. Kevin Carter -- pastor of St. Margaret of Cortona Church in Little Ferry, N.J. -- was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child for pointing the firearm at the boy. Carter is expected to be arraigned Tuesday on the charges, which one witness called "fallacious." The move came after the Newark Archdiocese notified Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli on Sept. 28 that a parishioner at the church contacted the archdiocese about alleged incident, which had occurred 12 days prior.
"I am concerned about the young parishioner. I know he and his family came to the rectory on Sept. 13, to have good natured fun about the football game scheduled later that day. I also know that nothing that day put him in fear," said Carter, who is also a police chaplain. "I am concerned that these charges and their attendant publicity has potential for trauma for the child and his family."
"I am also concerned about the parishioner who misinterpreted the event of Sept. 13," he added. "As her pastor, I do not want her to suffer any harm, and I ask all members of the parish to be loving to her and to share my concern for her."
originally posted by: deadeyedick
a reply to: EternalSolace
Father Kevin Carter asked to see him in one of the rectory rooms
That never ends well...
Fritzy claims he did not see Carter raise the rifle or threaten anyone.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
I am curious how those defending the priests actions would feel if the gun were pointed at them or one of their children. You never point a gun at anyone unless you are going to be using it.
Joke or not the decision was a bad one. What if this child gets the wrong idea and thinks its ok to point guns at people for fun? What if he does it and the person he points it at happens to be armed as well and not realizing its a joke?
This was witnessed by several individuals that were standing outside of the room," the statement said. But the alleged assault has been called into question by other witnesses and Carter himself, who said the incident was nothing more than innocent "jesting" -- and who said he is concerned for the child's welfare in the wake of the arrest and publicity.