The Rev. Patrick Dunne rejected a plea deal by the District Attorney’s office this morning on charges that he stole more than $300,000 from his own church — including donations earmarked for Katrina victims.
Dunne, the former pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows, is facing up to 15 years in state prison on a felony charge of second-degree grand larceny.
The 63-year-old priest headed the Mamaroneck Avenue church since 1991. Prosecutors say he had had a serious gambling habit and stole the money over a six-year period, starting in 2002.
Dunne appeared in Westchester County Court today on a special type of arraignment for people who are looking to waive their right to go before a grand jury and plead guilty. His attorney, Richard Ferrante, told the court that his client would not be taking a deposition in the case, which reverts the case back to local court.
Dunne is due back in White Plains City Court on Dec. 12.