Wednesday, August 30, 2000

Priest asks for probation

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — The Rev. Earl Bierman, serving a 20-year sentence for molesting six young teen-age boys while teaching at Covington Latin School in the 1960s and 1970s, is seeking shock probation.

Earl Bierman
Earl Bierman
        Campbell Circuit Judge William Wehr held a hearing Tuesday to consider Father Bierman's request, but he did not issue a ruling.

        Three years ago, Father Bierman was denied parole. At that time, authorities denied his request on the basis of his felony convictions, the seriousness and repetition of his crimes, and the fact that he was a sex offender.

        If granted shock probation, the 68-year-old priest would spend the rest of his life at St. Michael's Community, a church-run facility near St. Louis for clergy with problems, said Father Bierman's attorney, Robert Carran. Father Bierman would be supervised there around the clock.

        Assistant Campbell Commonwealth Attorney Sheryl Heeter argued that Father Bierman is not eligible for shock probation because he is a sex offender who had multiple victims over a number of years. She also said the motion was filed too late.

        Lawyers for both sides will meet with the judge in chambers next week, and a decision is expected after that.


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