Boston, MA | A catholic priest from the Boston area who is accused of impregnating an 11-year-old girl says he is not responsible for the pregnancy and that the child was born of the « Holy spirit ».
The parents of the 11-year-old girl are accusing Father Andrew Conaughey, 26, of the St-Augustine Catholic Church of having impregnated their daughter.
Father Conaughey claims in his defense that the whole event is a miracle and denies any involvement in the pregnancy.
Father Conaughey also refused to hire the services of a professional lawyer and defended himself in court, pleading he was guilty of no crime.
« This little girl has been blessed by the Holy Spirit. It is a miracle of God, there can be no other explanation, » he told judge Harrison in court.
« The Lord has blessed this young girl with his Grace and all should celebrate the return of the prophet, » he pleaded in his defense.
If Father Conaughey is proven guilty of the reported 26 charges of sexual abuse against minors, he could serve a prison sentence of up to two hundred and fifteen years according to Massachusetts state law admit legal experts.