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SAN ANTONIO – Authorities say a former Roman Catholic priest charged with sexually abusing a teenage boy in rural Texas is now accused of plotting the teen’s murder.

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety says 52-year-old John Fiala was arrested at his suburban Dallas home after meeting with an undercover officer to arrange for the teen’s death.

Agency spokesman Tom Vinger tells the San Antonio Express-News that an informant told sheriff’s officials that Fiala offered him $5,000 to kill the teen. The teen filed a lawsuit in April, alleging he was sexually assaulted by Fiala in 2007 and 2008.

Fiala’s attorney didn’t return a message Monday.

Jail records show Fiala now faces a count of murder solicitation. Bail is set at $700,000.


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