Gerry Howard (aka Carmen Sita) Held on $1.5M Bail In Missouri

Father Carmen Sita
I received an email from a reader with a link to the Boonville Daily News Website. The story was about the arrest of Gerry Howard also known as Carmen Sita. Mr. Howard has a long history of sexual abuse of children while serving as a Catholic Priest. The story of Mr. Howard is especially heinous in that he was moved by the Archdiocese of Newark to a “facility” in New Mexico and then moved to a parish in Missouri after he changed his name. You can read all the details in my original post on this particular low life.

The article by Nate Brit of the Boonville Daily News reads as follows:

Boonville –

An ex-Boonville priest suspected of sexually assaulting three mid-Missouri men in the 1980s has been taken into custody in New Jersey, Cooper County Prosecutor Doug Abele said today.

The suspect, Gerald Howard, was arrested with the help of the Bloomfield Police Department in New Jersey and the Boonville Police Department, Abele said.

A $1.5 million bond has been set, he said.

Howard is expected to be charged with three counts of forcible sodomy, three counts of attempted forcible sodomy and two counts of kidnapping, Abele said. Howard could face 5 years to life in prison if convicted on the sodomy charges.He could face 5 to 15 years if convicted on the kidnapping charges.

Howard once worked as a priest at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Boonville.

The prosecutor’s office is not naming the three alleged victims — identified in court documents as John Doe 1, John Doe 2 and John Doe 3 —  to preserve their confidentiality, Abele said. Their names would become public if the case goes to trial and they are asked to testify, he said.

Former Boonville resident Mark McAllister claimed in August that Howard sexually assaulted him repeatedly during the 1980s while he was an attendee of the Boonville parish. He won a $600,000 settlement in connection with those claims in the fall.

McAllister claimed Howard as having worked at Ss. Peter and Paul and as having taken him on trips to places such as New Jersey.

The Cooper County Sheriff’s Department also participated in the investigation, Abele said.

Decisions about which charges to file had to be made based on laws that were in effect at the time the crimes are suspected of having occurred, Abele said. That meant consulting Missouri statutes in effect in 1983, 1984 and 1985, he said.

Judge Robert Koffman on Monday reviewed the grand jury’s recommendations Thursday in Cooper County. Koffman authorized the warrant that has been issued for Howard’s arrest, Abele said.

Capt. Don Smith of the Boonville police said the Sheriff’s Department launched the investigation into Howard in September and later transferred the case to Boonville police.

Bloomfield police took Howard into custody at his apartment today, Smith said. It was their first attempt to make contact with him.

The link also lists other related stories about this monster.

The next thing that needs to happen is the prosecution of those that knowingly moved this predator from New Jersey to Missouri by way of New Mexico. The giving and receiving Diocese should both be held criminally liable for their complicity in hiding this predator.

Related Post: Catholic Pedophile Protection/Relocation Program Story

Related News Stories:

NJ.com – Jersey City ex-priest, guilty in 1982 of sexual assault, charged in Missouri 1980s abuse cases
ABC 17 News – Former Boonville Priest Indicted on Sex Charges
Columbia Missourian – Former Boonville Priest Arrested on Sodomy Charges
Missourinet – Former Boonville Priest Arrested on Child Molestation Charges from the 1980’s
Columbia Daily Tribune – Former Boonville Priest is Arrested

3 thoughts on “Gerry Howard (aka Carmen Sita) Held on $1.5M Bail In Missouri”

  1. I grew up in the St.Aloysius Parish in Jersey City. Fr. Sita was everyone’s favorite priest. He gave the best sermons. he had a boa constrictor as a pet! It was known that he was arrested and plead guilty to the charges in 1983 but many of us knew that the 17 y.o. who has since passed away due to a drug overdose was from a very vulnerable family. He saught council and acceptance and Fr. Sita gave many of the teens in our parish a person that they could talk to and chill with when things were going so great aat home. I never fully believed that Fr. Sita was 100% responsible for the charges that he admitted to but I am starting to believe otherwise after reading the new charges. It’s a shame that the Archdiocese of Newark would allow this to happen. I am sadden by the fact that this makes all priests look bad. I have had the pleasure of personally knowing many priests in my life and have shared meals with many. It sickens me to know that because of these careless actions the men of the Catholic church that have given up their lives to serve the people are all looked upon with a questionable eye.
    Don’t assume, just protect your kids. Know where they are and what they are doing. talk to them with a gentle heart and respect them. They will seek council from you and not rely on a false sense of security that may hurt them.
    God Bless and please don’t judge all priests because of the one’s that are bad. There are many great priests in this world. The authorities were the ones to blame for this one.

  2. This guy is a piece of shit. He did give good sermons but he always made me feel creepy. It is my hope he is kept in general population when in jail.

    He knew exactly what he was doing.

    Hell awaits this man.

  3. The creepy thing is this freak lived in my apartment building, form his living room and kitchen you can see in to my children’s bedroom thank God I always had the shades drawn down. Also We actually lived in that apartment after he moved out while ours was being renovated.

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